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Bail for fugitives Randy and Evi Quaid raised dramatically after their arrest in Canada

October 22, 2010 |  5:30 pm

Randy Quaid and Evi Quaid mug shots. If you're going to miss a court date, consider coming up with an excuse better than "We had some stuff to do in Canada."

Randy Quaid, 60, and his wife, Evi, 47, had their bail raised from $50,000 each to $500,000 each, E! News reported, after the Santa Barbara court learned they'd turned up in Vancouver, B.C., reportedly with their blue Prius packed full of possessions.

Warrants for their arrest had been issued Monday after they failed to show up to face felony vandalism charges. The Quaids were arrested by Vancouver police Wednesday shortly after crossing the border.

Police turned them over to Canadian border authorities Friday morning ahead of a detention hearing, CTV News reported. The Quaids' request to keep the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board hearing private resulted in speculation that they might seek refugee status.

The Monday no-show wasn't their first rodeo — this time they were facing vandalism charges related to allegations that they were illegally squatting in a home they'd previously owned and trashed the guest house while they were there. They'd previously missed court when accused of skipping out on a $10,000 hotel bill.

Dennis Quaid's older brother has an acting career nearly four decades long, with appearances in movies including "Independence Day," "Brokeback Mountain" and the "National Lampoon's Vacation" franchise. But what we like best about him is that he toted his Golden Globe trophy with them to a court appearance in March — posing for pictures with the award but never explaining why he brought it.

Their next court date in Santa Barbara is set for Oct. 26.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Randy Quaid and his wife Evi had booking photos taken Sept. 18, 2010, after being arrested on the suspicion that they'd been living in and had damaged the guest house of a Montecito home they'd once owned. Credit: Santa Barbara County California Sheriff's Dept. / AFP / Getty Images

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