TMZ is reporting that Andy Dick has been arrested. It may not be the most bizarre story of the week, but somehow elicits a chuckle in the retelling. In a week that saw Lindsay Lohan end her probation for the same crime, Andy Dick has allegedly stolen a necklace.
Let’s start at the beginning.
A man said he was walking along Hollywood Boulevard last week when a guy on a bicycle rode up to him. He recognized the man on the bike as Andy Dick. Allegedly, Andy Dick asked to see the man’s necklace. The man said, “Sure.” He handed Dick his necklace. Suddenly, Dick made a break for it, pedaling away with the man’s $1,000 necklace.
The man reported the theft to the police, but they couldn’t find Dick. Finally, they spotted Dick near his apartment in Hollywood. They arrested Dick and put Dick in jail. Dick posted $25,000 bail and walked out to await trial.
Dick has had some substance abuse issues in the past. This has caused him considerable trouble. He even admitted to Entertainment Tonight, ”When I drink I turn into a moron. I think I’m being funny and clever, but I look back on the video tape and I border on retardation."
Dick says he’s “a very easy target” for ridicule due to his alcoholism.
"It's like making fun of a mentally handicapped person," he says, "because I am when I have that much alcohol inside of me."
Due to his alcohol issues, Dick has been arrested for urinating on a sidewalk in Ohio, crashing into a telephone pole while driving drunk in L.A., and simple pot possession.
But his arrest in 2008 was the pièce de résistance.
Dick was in a Buffalo Wild Wings in Murietta, California. He walked up to a 17-year-old girl, “grabbed her tank top and bra and pulled them down and exposed her breasts.” Police were called. They found him “extremely intoxicated” outside the restaurant. Upon searching him, they found potand Xanax for which he did not have a prescription.
As part of his guilty plea deal in that case, he had to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet for a year. The bracelet detected any traces of alcohol through his skin. Dick grew to like the bracelet.
“I didn’t like it at first but now it’s become my new best friend,” he said when wearing it. “If it wasn't for this I would probably already be drinking by now."