Rip Torn Will Go for Alcohol Treatment: Lawyer

The actor is being held on $100,000 bond

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    Westchester PD
    Actor Rip Torn was arrested in December 2006 in Westchester, New York and charged with drunk driving after his 1995 Chevy Cavalier collided with a tractor-trailer. When state police arrived the 75-year-old actor refused a Breathalyzer before being taken to a Somers police station where the this mug shot was taken.

    Actor Elmore "Rip" Torn appeared in court on Monday morning, disheveled and bearded, the Register Citizen reports, and by Tuesday, he is expected to be in a New York alcohol rehab facility.

    Torn was arrested on Friday evening after drunkenly breaking into a Connecticut bank while carrying a loaded revolver, according to a statement from police. He was in custody through the weekend, the Register reports. On Monday, his lawyer argued that he did not brandish the weapon. 

    When Connecticut State Police responded to The Litchfield Bancorp, a bank in Salisbury, Conn., they found a broken window in the rear of the building and an intoxicated Torn walking around inside.

    Torn is a resident of the small Connecticut town where the incident took place.

    When he appeared in court on Monday, he did not enter a plea and his attorney said he would be able to post his $100,000 bond Monday. He is due back in court on Feb. 17. 

    Drunken misbehavior is nothing new to the 78-year-old actor. -- He was convicted of drunken driving in 2008, pleaded guilty to being ability-impaired in 2007, and was acquitted by a jury in a 2004 drunken driving case, according to The Register Citizen.

    After his 2008 conviction, he avoided jail time by agreeing to attend a state-approved weekend substance abuse program, according to the paper.

    For this latest incident, Torn was charged with burglary in the 1st degree, criminal mischief in the 3rd degree, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, trespassing in the 1st degree and possession of a firearm without a permit, and is being held on a $100,000 bond.