Former SoBe Club King Avoids Jail After DUI Arrest
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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Chris Paciello, the once renowned South Beach club king, made an appearance Monday morning, but this time before Miami-Dade County Court Edward Newman.
Six months after being arrested on South Beach for allegedly driving drunk, Paciello remained stoic as he learned he would not face any jail time.
Instead, Christian Ludwigsen, which is his legal name, had his charge reduced to reckless driving and will serve six month’s probation, perform 50 hours of community service and attend DUI school, said his attorney Michael Grieco.
After leaving court, Paciello said he was “satisfied” with the outcome.
Paciello, 40, had been arrested in the early morning hours of February 17th on a drunk driving charge.
Police said he was driving his dark colored Jaguar recklessly in the area of 7th Street and Jefferson Avenue. They said he was reaching speeds of more than 80 miles per hour. Police pulled him over around 4:30 a.m. at 21st Street and Miami Beach Drive.
Grieco, however, said video of Paciello being booked by Miami Beach Police showed that Paciello was not under the influence.
This not Paciello’s first run in with the law.
He spent seven years in prison for driving a getaway car in the 1993 robbery and shooting death of a Staten Island, N.Y., housewife. Paciello pleaded guilty to murder and robbery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, which was reduced to seven for his cooperating in mob-related investigations.