A FORMER Hollywood actor was caught breaking into an apartment after missing his last bus home because he was drunk.
Jason Hoganson played drifter Pete in the 1988 film Empire State, but has since struggled to cope with success and a traumatic childhood.
The former star’s drinking, drug addiction and misdemeanors over the years have seen him rack up more than 100 convictions, a court has heard.
His last offense occurred on April 19 when he broke into a property in Groat Market, Newcastle shortly after midnight.
A resident saw him in his room and he asked for a cigarette before leaving.
Newcastle Crown Court heard a doorman from the nearby bar, Cozy Joes, approach the victim and said he believed a homeless man had made his way through a common entrance.
When Hoganson left a few minutes later, one of the residents followed him while giving a description to police over the phone.
Police caught up with him in a lane between Cloth Market and High Bridge and he was arrested and found in possession of a cap and jacket belonging to another resident.
CCTV showed him entering the residence and leaving 20 minutes later with the clothes.
Hoganson, 51, pleaded guilty to burglary and was jailed for eight months by Judge Sarah Mallett.
His defense attorney, Nick Lane, said despite Hoganson’s previous record of 103 convictions, he was not a habitual burglar.
He added: “He had consumed alcohol and missed the last bus home. In his drunken state he behaved as your honor heard and very much regrets his actions.
“Through me, he would like to apologize to the occupants of the address as he understands they would have been alarmed by his actions.”
Mr Lane said Hoganson was a ‘sad case’ as he had a traumatic childhood, having been taken into care at 13 and coping with his problems by abusing alcohol and drugs.
He added: “His life could have been very different.
“In 1988, he got a major role in a Hollywood movie, Empire State, but he couldn’t cope with his success in the role and (his traumatic childhood).
“In his own words, he talks about tumbling down hills and getting his life back to stable, then a setback that led him to increased use of illicit substances and a spiraling mental health crisis.
“He says he knows he should be dead by now given the abuse he has inflicted on his body. He has self-harmed and has extensive scarring on his face and other parts of his body.
“He now has a relationship with a woman and he wants to stop using drugs and focus on her. Due to convictions and offences, he has only seen his mother twice in the past six years.”