Rip Torn Tore Up Bank, Drunk and Armed
Actor Rip Torn, at 78 is practically an octogenarian, so it's a little alarming that he was arrested over the weekend for breaking into a Connecticut bank, armed with a loaded gun and found drunk inside the bank when authorities arrived.
However, we shouldn't be that alarmed because this is Rip Torn we are talking about. The burly-voiced actor is known for strange and drunken behavior. Here's a recap of Torn's criminal career:
- January 2004 - Torn was arrested after losing control of his car and hitting a taxi cab in New York City. Police officers tried to administer a breathalyzer test on Torn, but he refused and video of the incident shows an angry and belligerent Torn. He was eventually acquitted of any 'wrong-doing.'
- December 2006 - Rip was again arrested for drunk-driving after hitting a tractor trailer in North Salem, NY. For this offense, he pleaded guilty, received a fine, and his license was suspended for 90 days.
- December 2008 - Another drunk driving arrest, this time after refusing a ride home when a bartender in his hometown of Salisbury, CT. noticed he was too drunk to drive, Torn climbed into his vehicle - with a Christmas tree tied to the top - and was later arrested for DUI. Somehow, his crazy old ass got probation for this incident.
- January 2009 - Torn breaks into Litchfield Bancorp, also in Salisbury, Ct. and trips alarm. Police find drunken, armed Torn, who was arrested without incident. He was held on a $100,000 bail and charged with 'carrying a firearm without a permit, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespassing and third-degree criminal mischief.'
Does anyone else notice a patten here? All of these incidents took place in the winter, close to the holidays. Could it be Rip suffers from the holiday-blues? Nah, he's just a crazy drunk - my favorite kind - minus the loaded weapon part. It might be time for some kind of treatment or intervention, methinks Rip's got a few problems which need addressing.Continued on the next page