The actor Alec Baldwin has been cleared of charges for cycling the wrong way up a Fifth Avenue in New York City.
The 30 Rock star appeared before a New York City judge, John DeLury who asked Baldwin, "Can you stay out of trouble, Alexander?"
It’s not clear whether he can though, as following his arrest for the offence Alec tweeted: "NY City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign.”
According the New York Daily News, a police source said that after the 56-year-old was stopped by officers at around 10.15am yesterday morning and asked for identification, "He became belligerent, yelling and screaming at the officers, 'I don't have ID. Just give me the f*cking summonses.'"
Witness Michael Jones told the newspaper: “He was riding his bike in the wrong direction when some cops stopped him. They were walking him up the avenue. He looked like a tool.”
When he arrived at Manhattan’s 13th Precinct, where he was charged with disorderly conduct, Baldwin said: “How old are these officers? They don’t even know who I am.”
But on this occasion, the New York Post noted the actor replied to the court’s query: "sure, sure." To which the judge added, "be a good boy now, have a good day."
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.