Hoboken's world-renowned "Cake Boss," Buddy Valastro, was taken into custody last Thursday on charges of driving under the influence. Police claim that Valastro was swerving through traffic while driving in his yellow Corvette at approximately 1 a.m. in Manhattan.
Authorities say that when they pulled him over his face was flushed, he smelled like alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot. According to an assistant district attorney, Valastro told police officers as they were arresting him, "You can't arrest me! I'm the Cake Boss!" Allegedly, he also asked officers, "Can you just put me in a cab? I don't have to be arrested. I'm not a bad guy."
One Hoboken resident felt Valastro, in spite of his status and power as the Cake Boss, is not above the law. She said that nobody's power can go above the law and the Cake Boss's alleged statements caused her to lose respect for him.
Cake Boss Rejected Plea Offer
According to authorities, the Cake Boss failed multiple sobriety tests, so they arrested and charged him with two counts of DUI. News reports indicate that the DUI arrest is the first criminal offense on the New Jersey baker's record. Valastro rejected a plea deal offered by prosecutors during his arraignment on Thursday.
Valastro exited the courthouse Thursday night without making any comments. However, he later made a public statement that he wanted to offer an explanation for what happened and he looked forward to explaining himself later.
Fans Showed Mixed Reactions to Arrest
Cake baking fans and tourists regularly queue up to take a tour and visit the famous baker's shop in Hoboken. There, his fans showed mixed reactions to Valastro's arrest. One man said that if he were a parent, he was not sure if he would bring his child into the business of an individual who was arrested for DUI. Another women commented that the man's status as the Cake Boss does not mean he will never make mistakes. A third person mentioned that Valastro is a good dad, he runs a great business and he simply made a mistake.
Considering that this is the Cake Boss's first DUI arrest -- and no accidents or injuries resulted from his alleged drunk driving -- it is likely that he will be afforded certain leniencies during his criminal case. Depending on the facts brought against him by the prosecution, he may try to defend himself against the charges in the hope of achieving a verdict of not guilty. Alternatively, he may try to revisit the possibility of a plea deal if a guilty conviction appears inevitable.
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