Rip Torn, an Emmy Award-winning actor, could be heading to the jailhouse. On Wednesday, a judge ruled against his request for a special probation program, stating the charges are too serious to qualify him. In January, Rip Torn was arrested for breaking into a bank in Connecticut, armed and intoxicated.
Rip Torn’s case and charges
Rip Torn, whose real name is Elmore Rual Torn, has had troubles in the past with alcohol-related incidents. Salisbury, Conn., is where the latest incident took place, where he was arrested not just for breaking into a Litchfield Bancorp branch office during closing hours, but for carrying a firearm without a permit, as well. Police quickly responded to the alarm that went off in the bank. Inside the facility, they found the “Men in Black” actor wandering around with a loaded .22-caliber pistol. Torn had a blood-alcohol level of 0.203, according to court documents, which is nearly three times the legal limit for Connecticut drivers.
Torn had pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal trespassing, carrying a weapon without a permit, carrying a weapon while intoxicated and third-degree criminal mischief, according to the Associated Press.
Rip Torn and other incidents related to alcohol
Torn was arrested in the Big Apple after his vehicle crashed into a taxi in January of 2004. Aired all over television news was a fuming Rip Torn yelling at police officers and refusing to take a breathalyzer test. That year in October he was acquitted from all charges. In December 2006, just two years later, the actor was again arrested for drunk driving in North Salem, New York, after crashing into a tractor trailer. He pleaded guilty to the charges, had his driver license suspended for 90 days and was ordered to pay a fine of $380.
Connecticut judge says no to Rip Torn’s special request
Too bad for Rip Torn, Litchfield Superior Court Judge James Ginocchio has ruled that the charges placed on Rip Torn, 79, after the January Connecticut bank break-in are too serious to qualify him for the probation program called accelerated rehabilitation. Torn was still in a court-ordered alcohol education program from a previous DUI charge at the time of the bank break-in, and that fact certainly does not help his situation. A court-ordered evaluation of Torn’s alcohol dependency problems was requested by his lawyer, and depending on the results, Torn could be ordered to undertake a state-monitored treatment for up to two years before charges can be dropped.
Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100811/ap_on_en_tv/us_people_rip_torn_12
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