Randy Quaid was arrested and taken into custody while attempting to cross the border from Canada into Vermont. The Independence Day star was captured by troopers at the Highgate Springs port of entry just days after Canadian officials ruled Quad should be deported.
Quaid has had an arrest warrant in Santa Barbara, California, for the past six years. The actor and his wife, Evi, had felony vandalism charges filed against them in 2010, Fox News reports. The couple is accused of squatting in the guesthouse of a home they had owned. Quaid and his wife allegedly caused $5,000 in damage to the guesthouse.
The property was seized in a legal proceeding Quaid steadfastly maintains was illegal and part of a fraudulent lien placed against their home, MSN reports.
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Evi Quaid and Randy Quaid failed to appear at several court appearances related to the charges, MSN reports. The couple quickly relocated to Canada, where they were able to garner citizenship. The National Lampoon’s Vacation star attempted to gain permanent residency in Canada, but the request was denied.
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Quaid, 65, stated during an interview from inside a Quebec detention center that he wanted to resolve the outstanding legal disputes in California and move on with his life. A judge set the bail for Randy and Evi Quaid at $500,000 each. The actor was sent to the Northwest State Correctional Center, and his wife was transported to the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Quaid has been freed from a Canadian jail after spending a week behind bars in May. His father-in-law posted bail for the movie star. The May warrant, which provoked the Montreal arrest earlier this year, was issued after Quaid missed a meeting with the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board two years ago.
The actor and his wife, Evi Quaid, have been living under the radar since 2010. The actor said that being denied permanent residency in Canada was devastating. The couple had been living largely off the grid in the Montreal area for several years. Randy Quaid won a Golden Globe award for his roles in both LBJ: The Early Years and Independence Day.
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Although Quaid’s bid for permanent residency in Canada was denied in 2012, it can reportedly take “years” for immigration officials to follow up with the deportation. After the May arrest, the actor apologized and met the requirement to check in with local officials every two weeks.
After fleeing what he deemed a corrupt government, Quaid reportedly said that he was being targeted by “Hollywood star-whackers” who killed his friends Heath Ledger and David Carradine.
“I’d lost faith in the system,” Quaid said during the Canadian residency hearing. “I wanted to get into a space where I could have time to investigate. I needed to gather evidence about what happened in Santa Barbara. I meant no disrespect to Canadian border services.”
Santa Barbara Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said there is still an active warrant out for the arrest of Randy and Evi. California prosecutors will reportedly seek extradition if the couple ever returns to the United States.
Randy Quaid also stated in an interview that the frequent YouTube videos and social media posts made by the couple, including a sex tape, are how they choose to express themselves. The actor also references his movie star brother, Dennis Quaid, in many of his videos and social media posts.
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