Sopranos Actor Pinched For DUI
TAMPA — Actor Joseph Gannascoli, who played Vito Spatafore on The Sopranos, was arrested early Friday in Tampa on a DUI charge, records show.
Gannascoli, of East Rockaway, N.Y., was arrested at 3:05 a.m. at 3629 W Kennedy Blvd., just east of Dale Mabry Highway. His blood alcohol level was listed as .111.
He was in Tampa for a public appearance related to his new cigar, the Cugine.
According to an arrest affidavit, he was driving a four-door 2010 Dodge vehicle and made a wide right turn onto Kennedy Boulevard from Armenia Avenue.
After the turn, the report states, he started to straddle the lane marker. He kept driving and straddled another lane marker before a Tampa police officer pulled him over.
Gannascoli’s breath had a distinct smell of alcohol, the officer noted, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. He was unable to properly perform a field sobriety test, police said.
He was still in jail at 7:30 a.m. Friday in lieu of $500. Jail officials say he will likely not be released until after 11 a.m. because DUI suspects are generally held for eight hours after their arrest.
He was scheduled to make an appearance at SoHo Cigar, 212 S Armenia Ave., Thursday evening, according to Gannascoli’s personal Web site.
Customers could meet the TV star and purchase autographed pictures and his cigar, according to SoHo Cigar’s Web site.
Also for sale was his book, A Meal to Die For: A Culinary Novel of Crime.