Ex-CSI star Gary Dourdan's got to channel the Amazing Race if he wants to avoid the slammer.
The trouble-prone actor was on the receiving end of a bench warrant this morning after being MIA for a mandatory court hearing in his domestic violence case. And the clock's ticking before he could wind up back behind bars.
Dourdan has been working on a project in Morocco and, per his attorneys, was unable to make his scheduled flight from Frankfurt in time to make the pretrial hearing this morning.
Further complicating matters: Dourdan's lead attorney John Markham was also not in attendance due to his son's graduation ceremony from Columbia Law School.
A frantic special attorney handling Dourdan's case in place of Markham told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner that Dourdan's new flight should arrive at LAX around 12:45 p.m. and the actor will be in court immediately after.
Sautner issued a bench warrant for failure to appear, but gave Dourdan a bit of a reprieve—he until 2:30 to make it the courthouse before she brings down the hammer.
Dourdan, 45, was arrested back in November for felony battery charges after ex-girlfriend Nicole Vail Cannizzaro claimed the actor punched her in the face and broke her nose during an altercation.
Speaking to E! News at a hearing last month, Dourdan proclaimed his innocence: "I have been waiting a long time and I haven't had a voice. It has been rough, but [the public needs to get] all the right stuff. I did not do this."
A jury trial date is currently scheduled for June 1, but Dourdan's special counsel indicated they would like that date changed this afternoon.
PHOTOS: Mug-Shot Mania!