Disregard of pedestrian light lead to Shia LaBeouf’s arrest

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A jaywalking encounter on East Sixth Street with Austin police is what lead to Shia Labeouf’s public intoxication arrest on Friday night, according to an arrest affidavit.

Shia Lebeouf arrested in Austin on Oct. 9, 2015 (Courtesy Ben Blake)
Shia Lebeouf arrested in Austin on Oct. 9, 2015 (Courtesy Ben Blake)

An officer said he was driving in his patrol car on East Sixth Street and had the green light when two women and a man crossed the street without having the pedestrian light. The officer said the pedestrians “obstructed the flow of traffic” and while crossing, the man, later identified as 29-year-old LaBeouf, lifted his hand indicating for the officer to stop, continued in the court document.

The officer stopped all three pedestrians and when he spoke to LaBeouf, he noticed a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” and slurred speech. While speaking with the officer, LaBeouf stated that “if stopped by Los Angeles Police Department he typically walks away because police had killed a friend of his,” continued in the affidavit. The officer said the suspect became confrontational and called him a “silly man” three times.

During the interchange with police, a bystander came by and started recording the encounter which caused LaBeouf to become “very hostile” towards the bystander. The officer determined LaBeouf was a danger to himself and others so he arrested him for public intoxication.

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