Judge Issues Arrest Warrant for Daniel Baldwin

A judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for Daniel Baldwin after he failed to appear in Orange County Superior Court on charges that he illegally took another person's car.

"He had an arraignment scheduled and he did not appear so a bench warrant has been issued," said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office. "I was sitting in court. He most definitely did not show up."

The 46-year-old actor's manager, Daniel Spilo, said, "You guys need to get your facts straight and call us back," but declined further comment. A second call to Spilo wasn't immediately returned because he was in a meeting.

Baldwin was charged in December with two felony counts of unlawfully taking a car and receiving stolen property. He could face up to three years in prison if convicted, Emami said.

Baldwin had been free on bail since he was arrested in Santa Monica in November while driving a white 2003 GMC Yukon that had been reported stolen in Orange County.

"The car belongs to an acquaintance of Mr. Baldwin, but he had no permission to take it," sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said at the time.

In July 2006, Baldwin made headlines when he drove a rented Ford Thunderbird at more than 80 mph through Los Angeles traffic and crashed into two parked vehicles, police said.

Baldwin, brother of actors Alec, Stephen and William Baldwin, appeared in the TV series "Homicide: Life on the Street" and the movie "Car 54, Where Are You?"