Buddy Valastro’s arrest occurred early Thursday morning when he was taken into custody by NYPD after he failed several field sobriety tests.
Valastro was spotted by police weaving on the road in a 2014 yellow Corvette, according to The Spreadit. The New Jersey resident was pulled over and the officers said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol. He blew well above the legal limit and was detained for driving while intoxicated.
Police say he was unsteady on his feet when he stepped out of the vehicle. In the report, his face was flushed and his eyes were bloodshot. Police say Buddy Valastro failed a Breathalyzer test and was taken into custody.
Buddy Valastro’s arrest comes after he shot to fame, known as the Cake Boss, that airs on TLC. He is a bakery owner based in Hoboken with six other locations. The show is extremely popular, as a result of the family’s aggressive, yet loving nature.
Buddy is often at the center of the shop’s hustle and bustle style. The same nature that brought fame to his shop, ultimately turned thins somewhat sordid for Valestro and his family. Valestro’s brother-in-law, Remy Gonzalez was arrested on August 18th of 2010 for charges of aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual conduct, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact.
The show premiered on April 19, 2009, and four additional seasons followed, according to the YAHOO. The show’s sixth season debuted on Monday May 27, 2013. The second part featuring Buddy Valastro in the sixth season aired on December 30, 2013.
The popularity of the show has resulted in increased business for Carlo’s Bake Shop, and increased tourism to the Hoboken area. Due to the series’ popularity, Carlo’s Bake Shop has become a tourist attraction, with lines to enter the bakery often extending down the block and around the corner to see Buddy Valastro. In 2010, Hoboken renamed the corner of Washington Street and Newark Street to “Carlo’s Bakery Way” in honor of the bakery’s centennial.
As news surfaces about Buddy Valastro’s arrest, his future on TLC is questioned. Season one averaged 2.3 million viewers, while season two averaged 1.8 million viewers. If ratings drop, the network will eventually drop as a result of the arrest, the show.
There’s also been controversy surrounding Valastro. In July 2010, Masters Software, Inc., of Cedar Park, Texas, obtained a preliminary injunction forbidding TLC from calling its show Cake Boss. Since 2006, the company has operated the domain name cakeboss.com, and since 2007, it has sold a bakery management program called CakeBoss. The suit claims that Discovery Communications infringes on its trademark by causing confusion among customers and vendors. But in 2010, Masters Software and Discovery Communications reached a settlement, the details of which are not public.
It’s shocking to learn of Buddy Valastro’s arrest. He is married to Elisabetta “Lisa” Valastro with whom he now has four children: Sofia, Bartolo “Buddy” III, Marco, and Carlo Salvatore.