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'Star Wars' actor Jake Lloyd moved to psychiatric facility

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 11/04/2016 PETER SBLENDORIO

"Star Wars" actor Jake Lloyd reportedly has been transferred to a psychiatric center to deal with his schizophrenia after spending nearly 10 months behind bars.

The former child star, who portrayed a young Anakin Skywalker in "The Phantom Menace," was arrested last June after he led police on a wild, high-speed car chase through two counties in South Carolina.

<p>Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace."</p> © AP Photo

Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker in "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace."

Now, however, authorities believe he is better off seeking treatment for his mental condition than he would be if he simply continued his term in jail, TMZ reports.

Lloyd's mother, Lisa, told the celebrity gossip site that she spoke to her son last week, and she's already noticing an improvement in the ex-actor's personality. There's reportedly no set timetable for Lloyd's release from the facility, which is fine by his family. They just want to make sure he gets better no matter how long it takes, according to TMZ.

Jake Llyod as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I (L) and a police photo of the actor (R). © PA Images/AP Photo Jake Llyod as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode I (L) and a police photo of the actor (R).

The 27-year-old Lloyd was charged last summer with reckless driving, failure to stop and driving without a driver's license after officers finally caught him after the lengthy chase.

Lloyd exceeded speeds of 100 miles per hour during the police pursuit but was eventually cuffed after he crashed through a fence and slammed into some trees.

FILE- In this May 13, 1999, file photo, actor Jake Lloyd; who portrays young Anakin Skywalker in the film "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace;" plays a game during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. Colleton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Strickland said Sunday, June 21, 2015, that deputies on Wednesday arrested a 26-year-old man they confirmed through a former talent agent Lloyd. Lloyd faces charges after leading South Carolina deputies on a high-speed chase. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File): Jake Lloyd in 1999. © AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian Jake Lloyd in 1999.

Shortly after his arrest, Lisa told TMZ that her son struggles with a mental disorder and had attacked her several months earlier after failing to take his medication. She chose not to press charges for the incident.

Lloyd retired from acting roughly a decade ago, and his last movie credit is for a small role in the 2005 sports drama, "Madison."

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