For the second time in just over a month, Talladega Nights actor Luke Bigham is facing charges, this time for domestic abuse. He was arrested this week in Trussville, Alabama, for allegedly pushing his mother down the stairs.
Luke Bigham, now 20, was the child actor who portrayed the 10-year-old version of Will Farrell’s character, Ricky Bobby, in the 2006 comedy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Bigham also appeared in a couple of episodes of Eastbound & Down in 2009, according to IMDb.
Luke may have been well-cast as the younger Will Ferrell. However, unlike the real Will Ferrell, who often portrays goofball characters caught up in crazy scenarios that may or may not involve brushes with the law, Luke Bigham seems to be making less intelligent choices in real life.
Bigham is also responsible for a five-car crash in downtown Trussville. Officers say that he was driving more than 80 mph in a 35 mph speed zone, reports AL.com.
Jeff Bramer is Luke Bigham’s legal representative. On Saturday, Bramer petitioned the judge in the case to address the two cases together, and has also requested a mental evaluation for Bigham, based on his mental history and a letter that was submitted into the court record. According to Al.com, Bramer told the judge:
“It is incumbent upon me to get a mental health professional to come in and talk to him.”
According to CNN, Luke Bigham was charged with domestic violence harassment in a fight between him and his mother on July 8. Police were called to the scene after Luke pushed her into the stairs. Though she said that she was in pain from the attack, she declined medical attention.
These actions fall on the heels on another run-in with the law back in early June, where the 20-year-old mini-celebrity was responsible for a five-car accident that snarled rush-hour traffic, causing major delays on a Wednesday morning.
Police say that Bigham was driving his Lexus over 80 mph when he crashed into another vehicle on June 4, leading to the five-vehicle accident. The incident, which occurred near the major intersection of Main Street (Highway 11) and Chalkville Mountain Road, was caught on surveillance video.
A local mom, Eva Brown, sheds light on how unusual it is for someone to be able to achieve such speeds in that particular location:
“I’m at a loss for an understanding of how he could go that fast there, with the amount of traffic that would have been there at that time of day. He had to have been weaving in and out of traffic. What was he thinking? He had to have been seeking attention, maybe trying to relive his ‘Talladega Nights’ days?”
She may be right, especially if one compares the above real-life footage to some of the movie scenes. Brown added, “I am very under-impressed by his shenanigans.”
According to police on the scene, Luke Bigham did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries. The only person taken to the hospital was Bigham.
A warrant was issued for Luke Bigham’s arrest on charges of reckless driving. Luke turned himself in to police at 10:50 pm on June 5, the day following the accident. He was released on $1,000 bond.
As of Saturday, July 12, Luke Bigham remains in jail following his arrest on charges of third-degree domestic violence after the attack on his mother.