‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro is charged with DWI and impaired driving

"Cake Boss" star Bartolo "Buddy" Valastro leaves criminal court in New York on Nov. 13.
“Cake Boss” star Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro leaves criminal court in New York on Nov. 13.
(Seth Wenig / Associated Press)

Buddy Valastro, TLC’s self-proclaimed “Cake Boss,” was arrested in New York early Thursday morning and was charged with two drunk driving counts, according to several reports.

The baker, real name Bartolo Valastro Jr., was stopped by New York City police officers after they observed him driving erratically in his yellow 2014 Corvette and swerving through lanes in Hell’s Kitchen, the New York Police Department told the Associated Press.

Police said that they pulled Valastro over about 12:30 a.m. and that he smelled of alcohol. The 42-year-old was unsteady when officers told him to get out of his car, the New York Times and E! News said police reported. Police reported that he failed to pass a sobriety test, was arrested about 1 a.m. and taken to a police booking facility in Manhattan.


Valastro reportedly yelled, “You can’t arrest me. I’m the Cake Boss!” and asked cops to put him in a cab and send him home rather than arrest him, TMZ said, citing the complaint read in court on Thursday. The complaint also said his eyes were bloodshot and that Valastro’s blood alcohol content level was 0.09%. (New York’s legal limit is 0.08%.)

The New Jersey resident, whose bakery, Carlo’s Bake Shop, was featured on “Cake Boss,” was charged with three misdemeanor counts of drunk driving, the Associated Press reported, including driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired.

Valastro entered a not guilty plea and was released without bail, TMZ reported.

The reality star is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 6.

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