Rip Torn Gets Probation in DUI Case
Emmy winner and 30 Rock guest star Rip Torn has been sentenced to probation in a drunken-driving case stemming from his December 2008 arrest.
A Connecticut judge approved the actor's admission into an alcohol-education program on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. Torn, 78, must also retake his driver's test because of his severe hearing impairment, but he is still allowed to drive.
Torn was arrested near his Salisbury, Conn., home after police saw him driving in a breakdown lane. He pleaded not guilty to illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane in January.
Torn had two previous brushes with the law on similar drunken-driving charges: He paid a fine and temporarily lost his license in April 2007, and was acquitted of drunken driving and causing a crash in 2004.
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