Matt Dillon

Matt Dillon claims he's no speed demon, despite evidence to the contrary.

The actor has entered a not guilty plea to a charge of careless and negligent operation of a vehicle stemming from his Dec. 30 speed-related bust in Vermont.

Dillon's attorney, Mark Kaplan, entered the plea on the absent actor's behalf during this morning's roughly two-minute hearing. The legal eagle said he hoped the case would be resolved without going to trial.

The 44-year-old was nailed with the speeding charge last month, after Newbury police clocked him driving 106-mph in a 65-mph zone.

A police report filed with the court said the actor was cooperative throughout the incident and quoted him as saying, "I screwed up, I know, I know." It also identified Dillon's passenger as fellow actor Fisher Stevens.

If convicted, Dillon could face up to one year behind bars and face a fine of $1,000.