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'Sandlot' Actor Arrested: You're Killin' Me, Smalls!

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By Brett Snider, Esq. on August 08, 2013 10:27 AM

"The Sandlot" actor Tom Guiry was arrested at a Houston airport on Saturday after he allegedly headbutted a cop who offered him a ride to a "sober center" to dry out.

Guiry, who played the baseball-loving Scotty Smalls in "The Sandlot" was flagged by United Airlines employees as being "too wasted" to fly and became belligerent when police told him he would need to sober up or be arrested for public intoxication, reports The New York Post.

Allegedly threatening police officers is a rookie move, and headbutting them isn't a home run either.

Wasted Away Again in Houstonville

It's not clear whether "Sandlot" actor Tom Guiry got sauced at a Houston airport bar (such as Chili's Too in Terminal B, with its "El Presidente" Margarita...), but he was apparently drunk enough for airline employees to request law enforcement to intervene.

Under Texas law, a person is considered publically intoxicated if he is boozed-up enough that he appears to be a danger to himself or others.

The officer offered the former child actor a chance to sleep it off in a public drunk tank instead of being arrested, but Guiry allegedly chose a third option: to try kicking the cop in the face, TMZ reports.

The Colossus of Clouded Judgment

A police spokesman stated that Guiry began by making "repeated threats against the sergeant" and that the officer he headbutted received "a laceration to the head," reports The New York Post.

Although the threats themselves might constitute assault, the alleged headbutting of a police officer is most certainly criminal battery, even if Guiry was intoxicated.

Like many other states, Texas lumps battery and assault together in one crime of assault, and the charge facing Guiry is a felony since his alleged headbutting victim was an on-duty police officer.

'L7 Weenie' Bails Out

After the cops hauled Guiry to be booked for assaulting an officer, Guiry posted $5,000 bail and was released.

Luckily for the grown-up "Smalls," the bail schedule in Harris County, Texas, is pretty reasonable, only charging $5,000 bail for first-time third-degree felonies (and, somewhat surprisingly, only $50,000 for general murder counts).

On the other hand, it won't be for-ev-ver before Guiry needs to be before a judge again to be arraigned and enter his plea, so he should probably get a decent criminal defense attorney.

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