Brian Eric Bonsall booking photo taken 12/5/2009.
Brian Eric Bonsall booking photo taken 12/5/2009.

A former child TV star who had been dodging Boulder authorities for more than a year has been arrested again, and this time he's accused of hitting his best friend in the face with a broken stool.

Brian Bonsall, 28, faces new third-degree assault charges in connection with the Saturday incident and failure-to-appear charges in connection with a 2007 assault on his girlfriend.

He's being held at the Boulder County Jail on two bonds totaling $7,500, and he's scheduled to appear in court on the warrant Wednesday.

Bonsall, who most notably starred as Michael J. Fox's little brother Andy Keaton on the 1980s TV series "Family Ties," lived in Boulder for several years -- graduating from Boulder High in 2000 -- before leaving town and skipping a court hearing in 2008. Bonsall also starred in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in the 1990s.

Police caught up with him about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at his friend's home at 1121 11th St. in Boulder. According to an arrest report, officers had been called to the apartment three times that night about "fighting in one of the upstairs units" before they arrested Bonsall on suspicion of hitting his friend, Micheal Trujillo, 26, in the face with a part from a broken stool.

Trujillo told officers that he and Bonsall were arguing when Bonsall picked up a stool, broke it over a stair railing and hit him five to six times in the face. Neighbors reported hearing the fight, and one woman said she saw Bonsall apparently choking Trujillo in the hallway, according to police.

When paramedics arrived at the scene, they stabilized Trujillo using a backboard and a neck brace and took him to Boulder Community Hospital. Trujillo, when reached at home Monday, told the Camera that he's recovering from a concussion and didn't want to comment about what happened.

"I'm not big with the media, and he's my best friend," Trujillo said.

Bonsall told investigators that both he and Trujillo had been drinking "a lot" that night, and he didn't remember what happened.

"Bonsall then said that he and Trujillo both are bipolar and like drugs," according to the report. "Bonsall said that he takes a lot of drugs and sometimes those drugs make him forget things."

Bonsall has had numerous run-ins with authorities in Boulder, including an arrest in 2004 for drunken driving and the 2007 arrest for assaulting his girlfriend.

In the 2007 case, police said he poured alcohol in his girlfriend's face as she slept and threw her into a bed when she tried to leave their apartment. He pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Authorities suspected he violated the conditions of his probation in 2008 -- by failing to pay for domestic-violence classes, missing daily breath tests and submitting a positive breath test -- and a probation officer was planning to recommend at a court hearing that Bonsall be sentenced to 60 days of work release. Bonsall never showed up for that hearing, and the former child star had been wanted by Boulder police ever since.