NEW YORK (PIX11) — Alec Baldwin was taken into custody on Tuesday, after police said he rode his bike the wrong way down Fifth Avenue, and became belligerent with officers.
Baldwin, who publicly announced he would leave the public eye in February, took to Twitter to speak out about the arrest.
“Officer Moreno, badge number 23388, arrested me and handcuffed me for going the wrong way on Fifth Ave.,” Baldwin said. “Meanwhile, photographers outside my home ONCE AGAIN terrified my daughter and nearly hit her with a camera. The police did nothing.”
Baldwin wasn’t technically arrested; he was cuffed and taken to a precinct after he couldn’t show officers an ID and after police said he became belligerent. Police gave him summonses for riding his bike the wrong way down a street and for disorderly conduct.
An eyewitness told In Touch that Baldwin appeared “calm and quiet” with officers, which is shown in photos published on the magazine’s website.
Some pedestrians like Nina Grand said enforcing bike rules is something police need to do more.
“You never know when they’re coming at you so you have to be aware that they’re coming at you at every angle. And that’s the real problem, the potential for real injury to pedestrians.”
Baldwin disagreed with police’s decision to ticket him through Twitter posts.
“New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign,” Baldwin said.
A source close to Baldwin reiterated that he was not arrested or charged with a crime and that he’s back at home with his family.