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‘E.T.’ Star Henry Thomas Allegedly Tampered With Urine Test, Threatened To Sue Officer During DUI Arrest
Thomas was allegedly under the influence of THC when he was arrested in October.
Henry Thomas, the former child actor who played the starring role of Elliott in “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial,” is alleged to have threatened legal action against an officer and faked his urine sample following a DUI arrest in October, new reports claim.
Thomas, 48, ended up in Oregon’s Washington County Jail on Oct. 21 after officers with the Tualatin Police Department found him sitting in his stationary vehicle in a lane of traffic, TMZ previously reported. Police found him passed out in the driver’s seat, and he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, according to the outlet.
New details have since emerged regarding Thomas’ arrest; while authorities previously did not disclose what intoxicant Thomas was suspected of having taken, a police report obtained by The Oregonian states that officers found an empty bottle of marijuana tincture on the driver’s side of Thomas’ car.
One of the arresting officers, Cameron Montrose, wrote that the actor’s movements were “sloth-like,” according to the paper. He was the first to approach Thomas, and he wrote of the encounter that Thomas “very slowly looked up at me and then rolled the window down.”
Thomas’ car, a Prius, smelled strongly of pot extract, Officer Jessica Lemieux wrote in the report, according to the outlet. After Thomas got out of the car, he was allegedly unsteady on his feet; police said that the actor admitted to drinking hard cider, but he later refused to take a field sobriety test, prompting his arrest.
Later, after Thomas had been taken to the Tualatin Police Department, officers tried to administer a breathalyzer test, but he repeatedly used his hand to stop them from doing so, according to the report. He was then asked to supply officers with a urine sample, but returned the container with a clear liquid inside, leading officers to doubt the authenticity of the sample, the report states.
“The sample had been tampered with or diluted with toilet water,” Lemieux wrote.
Officers then obtained a warrant allowing them to get a blood sample from Thomas; Lemieux drove Thomas to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Beaverton, and during the ride there, Thomas allegedly threatened to sue Lemieux, as well as the city, according to the outlet.
“I hope the city has a lot of money,” Thomas allegedly said. “I am going to make sure you are fired.”
The former child star was released on his own recognizance later that morning, according to TMZ.
After initially pleading not guilty to the charge, he later reached an arrangement with prosecutors that saw him avoid jail, the outlet reports. He pleaded no contest to charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, attend a single victim impact panel, and take part in a year-long diversion program, according to TMZ. He must also submit to having an ignition interlock device placed inside of his car.
In addition to starring in Steven Spielberg’s much-loved 1982 film, Thomas landed several dozen more roles over the years, with his recent credits including a part in Netflix’s “The Haunting Of Hill House.”
Thomas mentioned his "E.T." role during his arrest, according to the report obtained by The Oregonian.
“You know I am an actor. I played the kid in ‘E.T,’” he is alleged to have said to one officer.
Thomas has not commented publicly on his arrest. A legal representative for Thomas did not respond to The Oregonian’s request for comment issued on Friday.