This sounds like something straight out of a National Lampoon’s Vacation movie.
According to the Indianapolis Star, Randy Quaid — who played Eddie, Clark Griswold’s downbeat brother in the movie franchise — sued an Indianapolis bond company that bailed the Independence Day actor and his wife out of jail after being arrested for squatting in a guest house in California in 2010.
Quaid, the brother of Dennis Quaid, filed the suit against American Surety — a bail insurance company based out of Carmel, Ind. — in Hamilton County Court, for posting two $50,000 bonds for the couple without being asked.
The couple was accused of living in the guest house of a Montecito, Calif. home they once owned and causing $5,000 in damage to the guest house.
A month after a California judge issued a bench warrant for their arrest on burglary charges, Quaid, 63, and his wife were stopped by immigration in Vancouver while trying to enter Canada.
A hearing was scheduled for Oct. 18, 2010, but the Quaids were a no-show. They later said they were never notified of the court date.
On the couple’s behalf, American Surety posted two $50,000 bonds for the couple to release them from jail. However, the Quaids said in an April 10 Indiana court filing that they did not authorize the company to post the bonds.
“The Quaids believed that criminal charges were no longer being pursued and that their release was not procured via bonds posted, but because the charges were dropped and the issue would proceed instead as a civil matter between Mr. Berman and the Quaids,” attorney Michael Einterz Jr. wrote in an affidavit. “The Quaids did not enter into a written agreement with American or its agent to provide the $50,000 bonds and did not agree to pay any sums to American or its agent in exchange for the bonds.”
According to court documents, the couple is seeking an unknown amount in damages for lost wages and emotional distress.
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