According to police reports, the famous chef was arrested on a county road while driving through Long Island, New York. The Southampton Police Department said an officer observed English’s car swerving and drifting into the oncoming lane, at which point the officer turned on his sirens and proceeded to pull over English. According to Page Six, English refused to take a breathalyzer at the guidance of his lawyer.
Details regarding the alleged DUI incident remain sketchy. Neither the police nor English’s attorney have released an exact count-by-count playbook of the incident. We know that English was arrested and charged with DUI late Sunday night (or early Monday morning, however you look at it), and sources say he refused a breathalyzer. The remaining details remain unknown, however, so we’re left to speculate as to how this play out in the court of law.
The alleged DUI incident occurred at approximately 3:30 AM on Sunday night.
English’s attorney, Edward Burke Jr., stresses that his client was not intoxicated at the time of the incident, and he and his client look forward to “addressing this matter in a court of law.”
“We adamantly deny the allegations levied against Mr. English and look forward to addressing this matter in a court of law,” said English’ defense attorney in a statement to the public regarding the allegations of a DUI.
English is a world-renown chef who’s appeared on a number of different cooking shows, including Iron Chef USA, Food Trip with Todd English, and Cooking Under Fire. English also owns over a dozen restaurants, some of which include Beso, Kingfish, Bonfire, Todd English, BlueZoo, Da Campo Osteria, Todd English P.U.B., Fig’s at The Macys at the Gardens Mall, Plaza Food Hall, Figs at 29 Fair, Tuscany, and the Ember Room. English was even listed in Forbe’s top 100 celebrities list.
Up until now, English has kept a relatively low profile — when compared to other celebrities at least. In 2009, his fiance was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly hitting him with a metal watch. The incident resulted in serious but not life-threatening cuts which required stitches. A year later, the judge closed the case on the condition that English’s fiance complete an anger management course.
English posted a $1,500 bail soon after his arrest at Southampton Town Justice Court.