Fan posted Coleman’s bail

The Diff’rent Strokes star was arrested and jailed on Sunday (24Jan10) after police discovered a misdemeanour failure to appear warrant for Coleman and took him into custody.

Coleman was released from the Utah prison on Monday (25Jan10), after the $1,725 (£1,080) bail was handed over.

It has now emerged businessman Jarrod Clarke of Draper, Utah, paid the money after seeing the star’s “sad” mugshot in the press.

And Clarke is such a fan of the former child star, he even offered to give him a ride home – but Coleman’s dad picked him up instead.

Clarke tells, “If you see his mugshot, I mean, what a sad face… To see that he was sitting in there – and he’d been there for 27 hours – and bail was only $1,700, I thought somebody probably ought to do something.”

Coleman’s wife reportedly rang Clarke to thank him for the kind gesture.

The actor is due to appear in court on 8 February (10).