Alec Baldwin stopped by cops while biking, goes off on city online

Alec Baldwin says he was arrested after riding his bike the wrong way, but a police spokesman says he wasn't

Alec Baldwin is saying he was arrested by New York City police on Tuesday, and he's none too pleased about what he sees are the department's priorities.

First giving a name and badge number, he said on Twitter that an officer "arrested me and handcuffed me for going the wrong way on Fifth Ave."

"New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign," he added.

The former "30 Rock" star was stopped by cops Tuesday morning while riding his bicycle the wrong way down Fifth Avenue at 16th Street, according to the Associated Press. He didn't produce ID when it was requested, police said, and then began acting belligerently. That got him a disorderly conduct summons on top of the wrong-way summons. 

It also earned him a trip to the precinct house to be properly identified. 

“How old are these officers,” Baldwin allegedly said during the process, according to the New York Daily News. "They don’t even know who I am." However, the station's commanding officer knew the actor from "previous run-ins with the law," an NYPD spokesman told the paper. 

While Baldwin was definitely handcuffed and brought into Manhattan's 13th Precinct, police told ABC News that he hadn't actually been arrested. 

"They confiscated the bike from him," a witness told the Daily News. “He got loud."

Baldwin had been biking alone for exercise, a source told TMZ.

On Twitter, Baldwin further criticized the police. 

"Meanwhile, photographers outside my home ONCE AGAIN terrified my daughter and nearly hit her with a camera," he wrote. "The police did nothing."

Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, welcomed daughter Carmen last August. In February, he announced via New Yorker magazine that he was removing himself from public life.

He has, however, continued to speak out on Twitter, where for Mother's Day he retweeted a sweet photo posted by his wife, showing the new mother and dad with their infant in the hospital. 

Baldwin is due in court July 24 to answer the summonses. 

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