Alec Baldwin Handcuffed in NYC After Riding Bike in Wrong Direction on Fifth Avenue, Vents Frustration Over "Mismanaged Carnival of Stupidity"

Celebrity News May. 13, 2014 AT 11:50AM
UPDATED May. 13, 2014 AT 12:40PM
Alec Baldwin Alec Baldwin was arrested in New York City on Tuesday, May 13, for riding his bike on Fifth Avenue in the wrong direction. Credit: Stefanie Keenan/WireImage

Leave it to Alec Baldwin to go against the traffic! The actor, 56, was handcuffed in New York City on Tuesday, May 13, after riding his bike in the wrong direction—uptown, rather than downtown—on Manhattan's storied Fifth Avenue.

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The 30 Rock alum was photographed as he was being handcuffed by the NYPD on Thursday. Baldwin, for his part, expressed his anger via social media following his arrest. "Officer Moreno, badge number 23388, arrested me and handcuffed me for going the wrong way on Fifth Ave," he tweeted Tuesday afternoon. 

"Meanwhile, photographers outside my home ONCE AGAIN terrified my daughter and nearly hit her with a camera," the actor tweeted. "The police did nothing." (Baldwin's historical disdain for the paparazzi is well-documented.) 

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A source tells Us Weekly that the longtime Manhattan resident was also taken downtown because he did not have an ID on him as he was riding his bike. Baldwin concluded, "New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign."

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Among the five rules and regulations listed under NYC Bike Law, one strictly says bike riders must "never ride against traffic." The law states, "Motorists and pedestrians are not looking for bicyclists riding against traffic. It is illegal and dangerous. Ride with traffic to avoid accidents." Other Manhattan bike laws listed include: Riders must obey traffic signs and signals, stay off sidewalks, use lights at night, and only one person is permitted per bike.

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Baldwin was reportedly riding his bike alone at the time he was summoned. It's been a rough month for the Baldwin brothers—Alec's younger sibling Stephen, 48, was arrested on May 2 for driving on a suspended license.

Baldwin's rep had no comment. The insider tells Us the actor is back home with his family, wife Hilaria and daughter Carmen.

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