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Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello Arrested for DUI and Drug Possession

by CBS News 11:46 AM PDT, November 04, 2016
Playing Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello Arrested for DUI and Drug Possession

Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drug possession in Napa County.

The California Highway Patrol says Chiarello was arrested after his Porsche Boxster was stopped around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday on Silverado Trail. The area is a couple of miles from Yountville, where Chiarello has a restaurant, Bottega.

A CHP spokesperson tells ET that Chiarello "was arrested for DUI and he was also arrested for possession of a controlled subject." The 54-year-old chef was transported to the Napa County Jail and was booked at 4:40 a.m. It is currently unclear what the "controlled" substance is at this time. Chiarello has since been released.

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Chiarello's spokesman released a statement saying the chef will dispute the misdemeanor charges filed against him. Although he was embarrassed and apologizes to his family, friends and business colleagues about this occurrence, he intends to vigorously challenge the misdemeanor charges.

Chiarello is known for his "Easy Entertaining" show on the Food Network.

He was arrested days after settling a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by two former servers at his San Francisco restaurant, Coqueta.

(Originally published by CBS News on Friday, November 04, 2016 at 9:03 am ET)

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