Troubled former teen singer/actor Leif Garrett was arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff officers on Monday at a Metrolink station in downtown Los Angeles for possession of a controlled substance. According to the Web site for the Sheriff's office, Garrett, 48, was busted at around 11 a.m. on Monday and taken to jail before being released on Wednesday around 1 a.m. after posting bail and being ordered to return for a court date on February 24.
While a spokesperson for the Sheriff's department could not be reached for comment, a spokeswoman told E! Online that officers patrolling a downtown train station saw Garrett acting in a manner they deemed suspicious, and when they searched him they allegedly found unspecified drugs on him.
Garrett was arrested on similar charges in 2006, when he was stopped for allegedly riding without a ticket and found in possession of heroin and Quaaludes. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail in the incident.
Garrett began his career at the age of 5 and quickly scored a number of major film and TV roles and hit singles, but by age 18 his troubles began. In 1979, just a few days before his 18th birthday, he crashed his car while inebriated, rendering his passenger, best friend Roland Winkler, a paraplegic — an incident that he revisited during an episode of VH1's "Behind the Music" in 1999 in which he apologized to Winkler. In recent years he has appeared on many celebrity-related television shows, from "Fear Factor" to "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge."
He continued to struggle with substance abuse over the years, while racking up arrests, including a 2005 bust for cocaine possession. Because he allegedly violated his probation in that case, a warrant was issued for his arrest in December 2005, leading to a 90-day jail stint following the 2006 Metrolink arrest.