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Actor Judge Reinhold arrested on disorderly conduct charge at Dallas airport

Actor Judge Reinhold, shown in this 2011 file photo, was arrested at Dallas Love Field after Transportation Security Administration employees reported that he refused to submit to a screening at a checkpoint. (Dan Steinberg / AP)
Actor Judge Reinhold, shown in this 2011 file photo, was arrested at Dallas Love Field after Transportation Security Administration employees reported that he refused to submit to a screening at a checkpoint. (Dan Steinberg / AP)
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DALLAS – Actor Judge Reinhold was arrested Thursday afternoon on a charge of disorderly conduct at Dallas Love Field.

Reinhold, 59, was selected by Transportation Security Administration agents for a random pat-down around 2 p.m. local time, according to an official at the city-owned airport, and he was not happy about it.

He was told he could be taken to a private screening room, but refused – and then became belligerent, officials say. At that point, Dallas police were called.

Officers again tried to calm him, but he was again antagonistic toward officers, authorities say. They decided enough was enough and arrested him.

Dallas attorney Steve Stodghill, who’s representing the actor, said Reinhold successfully passed through the TSA scanner and was stopped only after his bag set off an alarm. Stodghill said that’s when TSA agents asked to pat down Reinhold, who didn’t understand why he needed to be searched after he’d gone through the scanner without incident.

Stodghill said Reinhold will release a statement later Thursday.

Dallas police have not confirmed the arrest.

Disorderly conduct is a Class C misdemeanor that comes with a small fine.

The actor, who has a home in Santa Fe, was reportedly on his way to New Mexico.

Reinhold is best known for his roles in 1980s movies “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Ruthless People” and “Gremlins.” More recently, he appeared on “Arrested Development” and opposite Tim Allen in all three “Santa Clause” movies.

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