Daniel Baldwin has avoided arrest and claims he didn't steal a car, he just borrowed it without the owner's knowledge.
The actor pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Feb. 20 to felony charges that he unlawfully took another person's car and for receiving stolen property, report news sources.
In November, Ken Smith, the owner of a 2003 GMC Yukon reported their car stolen to OnStar, who tracked the car and led police to the stolen vehicle outside a Santa Monica hotel. After witnessing Baldwin climbing into the vehicle, cops searched his motel room and allegedly found narcotics and paraphernalia.
Smith, however, is a longtime friend of Baldwin, and had only reported his car stolen because he was unaware that his pal had borrowed it. Smith appeared in court to back up Baldwin's story.
"Unbeknownst to the owner of the car, his cousin had lent me the keys," Baldwin, 46, told reporters. "I believe firmly that by the time this investigation is over with, the Orange County district attorney's office will be satisfied with the fact that I'm telling the truth."
Although the charges weren't dismissed immediately, at least the judge dropped the warrant out for his arrest when Baldwin had failed up for his Feb. 6 arraignment.
A previous drug case, in which Baldwin was found with cocaine in another Santa Monica hotel in April, is still pending. In July, he was driving in the UCLA Medical Center, ran a red light and crashed into two parked cars. He had a suspended license at the time.
Baldwin's credits include "Homicide: Life On The Street," "NYPD Blue" and on the big screen, he appeared in such eclectic classics as "Born on the Fourth of July," "Car 54, Where Are You?," John Carpenter's "Vampires," "King of the Ants" and the yet to be released "The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell."He's also the brother of actors Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Stephen ("The Usual Suspects") and William ("Backdraft").