‘E.T.’ Actor Henry Thomas Arrested In Oregon For Alleged DUI

Officers in Tualatin, Oregon allegedly found the former child star asleep at the wheel in a traffic lane. 

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt
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Henry Thomas, an actor known for his role as the child protagonist in 1982’s “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” was arrested earlier this week for allegedly driving while under the influence.

Thomas, 48, was taken into custody in Oregon on Monday and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants, CNN reports. Preceding his arrest, the Tualatin Police Department received a call regarding an unmoving vehicle in a lane of travel that appeared suspicious, Jennifer Massey, a public information officer with the department, told the outlet.

After another driver made the 911 call, officers responded to the scene and allegedly found Thomas asleep in the driver’s seat of a car, TMZ reports. Police woke him up and transported him to the Washington County Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of DUI, according to the outlet. Police told TMZ that they did not smell alcohol in Thomas’ car, but said that he exhibited other signs of being under the influence.

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During his interaction with police, Thomas, who lives in Wilsonville in a home valued at $1.3 million, told officers that he was an actor who starred in “E.T., ” The Oregonian reports, citing a statement from Sgt. Nate Cooper, a spokesperson for the Tualatin Police. Thomas was also made to take a field sobriety test before his arrest.

He was released from jail on Tuesday morning on his own recognizance, a spokesperson for the Washington County Jail told CNN.

Thomas became a recognizable child star following his role in the iconic Steven Spielberg hit “E.T.” and now has several dozen acting credits to his name, according to his IMDb profile. Most recently, he was featured in a number of episodes of the Netflix horror series, “The Haunting of Hill House.”

Thomas has not commented publicly on his arrest, and his representatives did not immediately respond when approached via email by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

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