Family: Reagan grandson arrest is misunderstanding

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The grandson of President Ronald Reagan was arrested Thursday for investigation of obstructing an officer who responded to his home after he unknowingly tripped a silent alarm, a family member said.

Cameron Reagan, 31, was taken into custody in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles, police said.

His father, Michael Reagan, a conservative commentator who used to live in the house, said his son accidentally hit the alarm.

“It goes directly to the police station,” Michael Reagan said. “They surround the house with police cars because of who we are.”

Michael Reagan said his son panicked because he didn’t know what was happening.

“There was a lot of misunderstanding at 1 a.m.,” he said.

Police Officer April Harding said she didn’t know why officers were called to the home. When they tried to stop Cameron Reagan from leaving, he was uncooperative and belligerent and was arrested, she said.

He was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

In 2001, Cameron Reagan was ordered to a 90-day, live-in drug and anger management program for marijuana possession while on probation for a car break-in case.

During court proceedings, attorneys said he had suffered from attention-deficit disorder since childhood.

They told the court it caused him to drop out of college and left him unable to hold a job and was responsible for one period when he was destitute and living on the streets.

Joanne Drake, a spokeswoman for former first lady Nancy Reagan, said the family would not comment.