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Rip Torn cleared of DUI charge in Conn.

May 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Connecticut judge has dismissed a drunken-driving charge against Rip Torn after the actor completed a court-ordered alcohol education program. The "Men in Black" actor was arrested in 2008 near his home in Salisbury.

Police stopped the 79-year-old after he was seen driving in the breakdown lane with a Christmas tree tied atop his Subaru.

The charges against Torn were dismissed Friday because the actor completed a program that gives drunken-driving defendants a chance to clear their records.

But another case is pending against the celebrity: charges that he broke into a bank in January while intoxicated and armed. He returns to court Tuesday in that case.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.