Actor, Former Aggie Student Cleared of DWI Charge

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

A Connecticut judge has dismissed a drunken driving charge against actor and former Texas A&M student Rip Torn, 79.

The charge was dropped after Torn completed a court-ordered alcohol education program.

Torn was arrested in December 2008 near his home in Salisbury, Conn., while driving in the breakdown lane with a Christmas tree tied to the top of his Subaru.

The judge dismissed the charge because he completed a program that gives drunken-driving defendants a chance to clear their records, but another case is pending against Torn, who's accused of breaking into a bank while drunk and armed.

He returns to court Tuesday in that case. He pleaded not guilty in March to burglary and firearms charges.

Connecticut State Police say Torn was so intoxicated on the night of Jan. 29 that he broke into a bank with a loaded gun thinking it was his home in Salisbury in northwestern Connecticut.

Torn has appeared on the TV comedy "30 Rock" and has starred in the "Men in Black" movies. He won an Emmy for "The Larry Sanders Show."

He was born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. on Feb. 6, 1931 in Temple. He attended Texas A&M in the 50's before moving to Hollywood.

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