Actor Randy Quaid Held on $500,000 Bail — Judge Explains Why It’s So High

Oct 12, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A judge in Vermont today ordered that actor Randy Quaid be held on $500,000 bail after he was arrested crossing the border from Canada into the U.S., Reuters reports.

As we reported earlier today, Quaid and his wife, Evi, were arrested Saturday while crossing into Vermont. Reuters reports that Quaid, 65, was arrested on charges stemming from a 2010 trespassing case in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“Quaid is wanted in California on charges related to a 2010 incident in which he and his wife entered a Santa Barbara, California, building that the couple contends they legally owned at the time,” Reuters reports. “He faces charges of vandalism, unauthorized entry into a dwelling and failure to appear for a court appearance in California.”

Quaid reportedly said in court today that he heard about the 2010 court proceeding while he was in Vancouver on a previously scheduled trip.

Reuters quotes Quaid saying: “We heard about it through the Internet, that we’d missed this court appearance.”

The story notes that an attorney for Quaid argued that the bail was set too high, prompting Vermont Superior Court Judge Alison Arms to say, “I don’t disagree with you that $500,000 is high bail. However, this court is considering the fact that this warrant was issued almost exactly five years ago and that Mr. Quaid has been in Canada that entire time.”

Separately, Evi Quaid was also ordered held of $500,000 bail, the story reports.

randy quaid-2015-vermont state policeRandy Quaid — photo released
by Vermont State Police

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