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Actor Steve Tom of North Hollywood holds an image from a red-light-camera ticket issued by Culver City police. Tom's name is on the citation, but the vehicle's registered owner has a St. Louis address. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

A red-light camera fiasco has left some Culver City police officials with red faces as they admitted Monday they got the wrong man.

The Police Department dismissed a $490 ticket issued to actor Steve Tom for allegedly running a red light and acknowledged it was a case of mistaken identity. Authorities now believe a man who resembles Tom and is the registered owner of the vehicle was the driver.

“We are dismissing the citation in the interest of justice,” Culver City Police Capt. Ron Iizuka said.

The department decided to reexamine video from the red-light camera and speak to the vehicle’s registered owner after Tom questioned the ticket in a Times report. Iizuka said it determined Tom was not the driver.

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