Baldwin pleads innocent to car theft


A California judge on Tuesday canceled an arrest warrant for actor Daniel Baldwin on car theft charges after he made a scheduled court appearance and pleaded innocent.

Baldwin, a member of the acting family that includes brothers Alec, Stephen and William, faced arrest after failing to turn up in court on Feb. 6.

Baldwin came to court on Tuesday with a friend, Ken Smith, who owned the white GMC Yukon Baldwin was accused of taking and who said he was prepared to vouch for the actor that it was a misunderstanding.

Prosecutors said they would review the evidence in the case to determine if charges should be dismissed.

Superior Court Judge Peter Polos scheduled a pretrial hearing for May 1.

In July, Baldwin was briefly hospitalized with back and neck injuries after speeding through a red light before smashing his sports car on a busy suburban Los Angeles street.

He was arrested twice last year at Los Angeles area motels where police said they found drugs and drug paraphernalia.