SHORT TAKES : Actor Arrested After Car Chase

<i> From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports</i>

Actor Christian Slater was arrested today for allegedly assaulting a sheriff’s deputy in an altercation that followed a chase by car and on foot, officials said.

Slater, 20, of Van Nuys, was booked into the West Hollywood sheriff’s station on $3,000 bond following his 1 a.m. arrest.

The charges against him included evading police, driving under the influence, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license, said sheriff’s Deputy Dean Scoville.

Scoville said Slater was spotted driving his Saab in excess of 50 m.p.h. in a 35-m.p.h. zone.


“During the pursuit, Slater turned his car into an east-west alley . . . and his car collided with a pole,” Scoville said. “Slater then attempted to flee on foot, but officers apprehended him and Slater kicked a deputy with heavy cowboy boots,” he added.

Two unidentified passengers in Slater’s car, which suffered minor damage, were released, he said.

A sheriff’s deputy was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, treated for contusions to his shoulder and released, the spokesman said.

Slater has appeared in such movies as “Tucker” and “The Name of the Rose.”