Bam Margera Arrested, Placed Under 5150 Psychiatric Hold

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Several days after uploading a video where he threatened to “smoke crack” until he was “dead,” Bam Margera has been arrested and placed under a 5150 Psychiatric Hold.

As reported by TMZ, when police made contact with Margera, the latter who was found at a taco joint, the ex-Jackass star was reportedly acting erratically. Police were able to find Margera by tracking his phone.

As to why the police were tracking him, it could have to do with the recent video he uploaded and Margera’s family requesting assistance.

This past Sunday, Margera’s brother Jess put out a tweet asking for assistance in locating Bam. Per that tweet, Jess wrote the following:

“If anyone in the LA area knows of bams current whereabouts or a hotel he might be at please call the LAPD immediately. I am trying to get them to ping his phone but as usual it’s a whole huge process and I don’t think we have that kind of time. If you guys could all retweet this that would be really cool of you. Thanks for your help”

TMZ was told that, upon police making contact with Margera, his behavior was noted to be erratic and a psychiatric evaluation team was called in. It was eventually determined that Margera should be placed under a 5150 psychiatric hold.

Per the Family Education and Resource Center, a 5150 psychiatric hold involves the following:

“5150 is the number of the section of the Welfare and Institutions Code, which allows a person with a mental challenge to be involuntarily detained for a 72-hour psychiatric hospitalization. A person on a 5150 can be held in the psychiatric hospital against their will for up to 72 hours. This does not mean that they will necessarily be held the entire 72 hours; it means that psychiatric hospitals have the legal right to do so if determined to be necessary.”

At the time of this writing, Margera has been taken to a mental health facility. We will keep you updated on this story as developments come in.

Watch: Bam Margera Threatens To Smoke Crack Until He's 'Dead' Unless He Can See His Son

A source to look into, if you or someone you care about is struggling with substance abuse, is Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dial 1-800-622-HELP (1-800-622-4357) or send a text message to 1-800-487-4889.