Tampa, FL- You know him as gay mobster Vito Spatafore on the HBO hit show The Sopranos,
but evidently the cops in Tampa are not fans of the show or are not gay-goombah friendly.
This is sad news for Joseph Gannascoli, 51, of East Rockaway, NY, better known as the actor who played the controversial character on the HBO series.
He was busted for suspicion of driving under the influence after a celebrity appearance at SoHo Cigar in Tampa where fans could receive an autographed photo of the actor with the purchase of five Cugine Cigars and could also buy his book A Meal To Die For: A Culinary Novel of Crime.
According to reports, officers witnessed a 2010 Dodge making a wide right turn at 2:10 am on Thursday, June 17. When they observed the car drift from its lane and drive onto the lane marker, they pulled the driver over to discover Gannascoli behind the wheel.
It was then that the actor agreed to, yet failed, field sobriety tests, blowing a 0.111 and was arrested for drunk driving at the scene (Florida presumes impairment at a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.). He is reported to have shown “numerous signs of impairment” including slurred speech and watery, bloodshot eyes, as reported in a press release by the Tampa Police Department.
Bail was set at $500 dollars, and jail records show the actor was released at 9:37 am on Friday, June 19. Since his stint on the hit show, Gannascoli has made a cross-country tour in the U.S. to promote his cigar brand and before his DUI arrest was scheduled to appear in Key West.