Star power doesn't buy way out of ticket

The Associated PressMarch 31, 2009 

Everyone knows celebrities like to live fast, but that doesn't mean the police will let them get away with it.

Andre 3000 of the hip-hop duo Outkast was charged over the weekend with driving 109 mph on a highway in suburban Atlanta.

Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton says the entertainer, whose real name is Andre Benjamin, was clocked speeding in a 65 mph zone in his Porsche south of Atlanta about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

The 33-year-old Benjamin is free on $1,200 property bond pending a court date April 29.

Police say Benjamin told them he was going so fast because he missed an exit and had to turn around.

Meanwhile, in Vermont, Matt Dillon offered no excuses, just a guilty plea.

His case was dismissed after he pleaded guilty to speeding and paid an $828 fine.

The 44-year-old actor was stopped Dec. 30 on Interstate 91 while driving 106 mph in rural Northern Vermont.

Because of the excessive speed, he was also charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Prosecutor Will Porter said Monday that Dillon agreed to plead guilty to speeding in exchange for having the negligent operation charge dismissed Wednesday, which he said is common in such cases.

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