Surprise: '30 Rock' Rip Torn gets a DUI for Christmas

Riptorn_halh_10877179_600 Rip Torn may have overindulged in Christmas spirit. Early.

According to E!, on Dec. 14, 2008, the 77-year-old "30 Rock" actor was charged with illegal operation of a car while under the influence and failing to drive in the proper lane.

He was traveling in the breakdown lane of Connecticut's Route 44 with a Christmas tree strapped to the roof of his Subaru.

Torn pleaded not guilty Monday to two counts stemming from the drunken driving arrest.

Connecticut cops say the actor failed part of a field sobriety exam and then refused to continue, insisting the ground wasn't level enough.

Dontcha hate it when that happens?

He also refused a breath test.

Torn is due due back in court Jan. 28.

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