Tuesday, June 27, 2006

The Sopranos is a documentary, who knew?

The story below chronicles the fourth incident (that I’m aware of) of an actor on HBO's The Sopranos being convicted of a crime.
'Sopranos' Actor Strikes Plea Bargain

NEW YORK (AP) -- The actor who plays temperamental chef Artie Bucco on "The Sopranos" avoided jail time for driving while impaired in a plea bargain deal, authorities said…

Ventimiglia will also lose his license for 90 days and pay a $500 fine, among other conditions.

He was arraigned May 1 on drunken driving, drug possession and other charges after officers spotted him weaving in and out of traffic. The plea to driving while impaired settled all the charges against him.

A criminal complaint alleged that when police pulled him over, the actor had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.

Ventimiglia's blood-alcohol content was 0.12 - the legal limit is 0.08 - and he was carrying a zip-lock bag with cocaine residue, according to the complaint.

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