Rip Torn Faces Drunken Driving Charges in Conn.

By: AP
By: AP

LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) -- Actor Rip Torn has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving charges in Connecticut, nearly two years after temporarily losing his license for similar charges in New York.

The 77-year-old Salisbury resident appeared in Bantam Superior Court on Monday. He pleaded not guilty to illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane.

State police say Torn was driving his Subaru with a Christmas tree tied to the top in the breakdown lane of Route 44 on Dec. 14. Police say he failed part of a field sobriety exam and refused to take a Breathalyzer test.

His lawyer, A. Thomas Waterfall, says he will be meeting with Torn to discuss his defense options. Torn, whose credits include "The Larry Sanders Show" and the "Men in Black" movies, is set to return to court Jan. 28.

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