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    Tom Wopat: Driving Hazzard

    We don't think Uncle Jesse would approve of this.

    Tom Wopat, the actor famed for playing Luke Duke on the classic TV Land series The Dukes of Hazzard, found himself in the custody of a real-life Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane after getting busted for drunken driving in northern New Jersey last Wednesday night, police confirmed.

    Passaic County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Bill Maer says the 54-year-old Wopat was behind the wheel of a Ford Bronco when he struck some orange traffic cones and nearly slammed into a Ringwood police vehicle at the scene of an unrelated accident.

    The thespian was administered a breath test and then arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

    "We feel confident that he was over the state limits and we followed all protocols of the state and he was treated like anyone else," Maer told E! Online.

    Wopat, a resident of nearby West Milford, was later released into the custody of his girlfriend.

    A rep for the Dukes of Hazzard star declined to comment on the DUI. And that means there's no word on whether Wopat will play the "I'm just a good ol' boy, never meanin' no harm" card in court.

    Wopat skyrocketed to fame as the darker-haired half of the well-meaning outlaw duo who rode shotgun with cousing Bo (John Schneider) on the CBS series, which ran from 1979 to 1985.

    Watching The Dukes of Hazzard was a Friday night ritual for millions of tube viewers, who tuned in each week to see the continuing adventures of the two Duke boys--whether jumping ravines with their iconic 1969 Dodge Charger otherwise known as the General Lee, hanging out with the short-short likes of beautiful cousin Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach) or fighting to right wrongs while narrowly eluding the clutches of Hazzard County Commissioner Boss Hogg and his bumbling brother-in-law Sherrif Rosco.

    After briefly leaving the series in 1982 over a salary dispute and being written out of Hazzard, Wopat and Schneider returned to the show, but it never quite regained the popularity of its early seasons and was canceled three years later.

    Hazzard was adapted into a hit movie last year starring Johnny Knoxville as Luke, Sean William Scott as Bo and Jessica Simpson as Daisy.

    After the series folded, Wopat continued to act, making a big name for himself on Broadway headlining musicals such as Chicago and Annie Get Your Gun. He also has popped up on TV, including joining Schneider in 1997 for a Dukes of Hazzard reunion movie and again last November, when he did a guest stint with his buddy on Smallville.

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