Artie Lange DUI
Artie Pleads Guilty
Artie Lange blamed sleeping pills for his July DUI incident in Toms River before pleading guilty to the charge, according to the Asbury Park Press:
“Artie Lange, a comedian who fought a well-publicized battle with drugs and alcohol, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Municipal Court to driving under the influence of a habit-producing drug, officials said. Lange, 41, a radio personality on “The Howard Stern Show,” was charged July 10 with driving under the influence of an intoxicant following a minor traffic accident in the Silverton section of the township. He and his attorney Michael Grasso of Freehold had been granted an adjournment on a hearing on the charge, but reappeared in court to ask Judge James Liguori if Lange could plead guilty as charged, Municipal Prosecutor Steven Zabarsky said. Lange admitted in court that he was under the influence of prescribed sleeping pills when he crashed his car, Zabarsky said. Grasso said Lange had taken Restoril at 11:30 p.m. the night before the 1:30 p.m. accident the following day.”
So what does Artie get for pleading guilty? He was fined $664 (less than drinking on the sidewalk in Hoboken on St. Patty’s Day!) and ordered to serve 12 hours in an intoxicated driver resource program. His driver’s license was also revoked for seven months. His lawyer says he entered the plea because “the media circus that the trial would have brought would outweigh his best interests”.
The political situation in Hoboken today would probably be different if Chris Campos had taken that same advice!
Artie’s afternoon drunk driving
The peaks and valleys of our Hoboken neighbor Artie Lange’s life continue…
He’s apparently off the wagon again because TMZ reports police in Toms River booked him for Driving Under the Influence and Reckless Driving. It’s unclear whether drugs, alcohol, or both may be involved. The Shipyard resident was driving a rented 2009 Nissan Sentra when police say he rear-ended a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am on Silver Bay Road at about 1:30 in the afternoon. The two “18 year old males” in the car were not injured, according to police who spoke to the Star Ledger. Now, if you were an 18 year old male whose vehicle sufferred minor damage after Artie Lange rear-ended you, don’t you think you could have come up with “an arrangement” that could have avoided police involvement? Say, an invite to the Howard Stern show studio on stripper day?
The Newark paper reported Lange lives in Roseland, not Hoboken. Is it possible Artie is getting a better deal on car insurance by having a Roseland address, or did someone make a mistake? Hmmm…. I wonder.
Nobody would ever do that in Hoboken, would they?