July 19, 2006

Daniel Baldwin in hospital after crash

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Daniel Baldwin was
hospitalized with back and neck injuries and faced charges
including reckless driving on Wednesday after crashing his car
on a busy Los Angeles street, police said.

Baldwin, 45, smashed his silver Ford Thunderbird into two
parked cars after an officer saw him driving at more than 80
mph (128 kph) and weaving through traffic on bustling Bundy
Drive on the city's west side, Los Angeles police spokesman
Jason Lee said.

"The officer tried to catch up to the Thunderbird, lost
sight of it momentarily and came up to a traffic collision
where the T-bird had crashed into two parked vehicles," Lee
said. "The Thunderbird pushed one of the vehicles about 20 feet
, and that was a Hummer," Lee said.

Baldwin was taken to UCLA Medical Center after complaining
of back and neck injuries, Lee said, and would be detained on
suspicion of reckless driving and driving with a suspended

Lee said Baldwin could also face charges of driving under
the influence if he were found to be intoxicated. There were no
other injuries reported and Baldwin's female passenger, who was
not identified by police, was not charged.

Baldwin, who has appeared in a number of television series
including "Homicide: Life on the Street," is a member of an
acting clan that also includes brothers Alec, Stephen and
William Baldwin.