RED BANK: CARLO’S OWNER BUSTED FOR DWI
‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro at the opening of Carlo’s Bake Shop in Red Bank a year ago. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Buddy Valastro, star of TVs’s Cake Boss and owner of the year-old Carlo’s Bake Shop in Red Bank, was arrested on drunken driving charges in New York City early Thursday, according to media reports.
NJ.com, quoting prosecutors at Valastro’s arraignment Thursday evening, reports that Valastro told cops, “You can’t arrest me! I’m the Cake Boss!”
Police spotted Valastro’s 2014 yellow Chevy Corvette swerving in and out of his lane on 10th Avenue, according to authorities. Police said his face was flushed, and he was unsteady when he got out of his car.
He repeatedly told the police officers that they didn’t need to arrest him, that they could work something out because he isn’t “a bad guy,” prosecutors said during the arraignment.
“Can you just put me in a cab?” he allegedly asked police. “You don’t have to arrest me. I’m not a bad guy.”
He also told police that he’d had “a couple of drinks” 30 to 40 minutes earlier, prosecutors said.
After the court appearance, he refused to speak to the horde of reporters stationed outside the courthouse. He and his attorney swiftly got into a black car and drove off. He didn’t enter a plea and is due back in court on January 6. Until then, he is barred from driving in New York state.
Valastro later released a statement.
“To all my family, friends, fans and supporters, please know that I want to share and explain to you what happened today and I look forward to doing so at a later date,” he said. “I appreciate your support and understanding as we handle things privately as a family.”
The Daily News says Valasto is 37 and lives in Montville.