Matt Dillon arrested for speeding in Vermont

Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:41am EST
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Hollywood actor Matt Dillon was arrested and charged with driving at an excessive speed after police clocked him traveling at 106 miles per hour on a Vermont interstate highway.

The star of the 2004 movie "Crash" was pulled over at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday in the town of Newbury after he was caught on police radar traveling north at high speed in a rented 2009 Chevrolet Impala, said Vermont State Police Sgt. Tara Thomas.

The New York-based 44-year-old actor is scheduled to appear in Vermont's Orange County Court on January 21. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of three months in jail and a $300 fine.

Dillon began his acting career when he was discovered in the halls of his New Rochelle, New York, junior high school while skipping class. The former teen idol has worked for such acclaimed directors as Francis Ford Coppola and Gus Van Sant. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in "Crash".

(Reporting by Jason Szep, Editing by Sandra Maler)

<p>U.S. actor Matt Dillon poses before a news conference at the San Sebastian International Film Festival September 29, 2006. REUTERS/Pablo Sanchez</p>