Tom Sizemore tells TMZ ... he was arrested last night because a guy he barely knows stole a car -- and cops followed the trail right back to him.
According to Tom, the car jacker was a friend of a friend -- and when the guy got arrested recently ... he told cops he lived at the address where Tom resides.
As we previously reported, police came a-knockin' soon after -- ran Tom's license and discovered he had an outstanding battery warrant ... so they arrested him.
Tom tells us, the warrant is the result of a clerical error -- claiming someone at the courthouse failed to log his community service hours stemming from the actor's 2009 spousal battery arrest.
There's an explanation for everything ... right?
My Many Excuses
For Getting Arrested
9/20/2011 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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