Nicolas Cage's mugshot
Courtesy Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office
04/16/2011 at 02:20 PM EDT
Nicolas Cage was arrested Saturday morning in New Orleans.
The actor, 47, who is filming a movie in the area, was taken into custody and charged with domestic abuse and disturbing the peace after an argument in the French Quarter with wife
Alice Kim, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
"Cage and his wife were standing in front of a residence that he insisted was the property the couple was renting. She disagreed, and Cage grabbed her by the upper arm and pulled her to what he believed was the correct address. There were no visible signs of injury on his wife's arm," the NOPD said in a statement.
"The actor then began striking vehicles and later attempted to get into a taxi. At that point, an officer who had been flagged down by onlookers drove up on the couple, immediately observed that Cage was heavily intoxicated and ordered him out of the cab, which prompted Cage to start yelling. The officers subsequently took Cage to Central Lock-up."
"He was drunk," an inmate who was released shortly after the actor on Saturday afternoon tells PEOPLE. "He wasn't in a cell, he was behind the counter with all the other officers."
Cage is scheduled to appear in court on May 31.
Reporting by MATTHEW DAVIS