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Gus Garcia-Roberts at Miami New Times reports: "At 4:29 am, police officers spotted Paciello-- real name: Christian Ludwigsen-- driving recklessly in a dark-colored Jaguar, according to Miami Beach Police spokesperson Juan Sanchez. He headed northbound on Jefferson Avenue at approximately 80 miles per hour. The cops radioed in a description of the car and he was soon pulled over. 'There was a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, and he had watery eyes,' says Sanchez. Paciello refused a Breathalyzer test-- he similarly refused one during an incident in 1995-- and is believed to still be in jail."
Last year, Miami Herald gossip columnist Jose Lambiet reported that Paciello had returned to his old stomping grounds of South Beach.
For the first time since he was released from federal prison five years ago, Miami Beach’s fallen nightscape overlord has returned to where it all started.
Chris Paciello, now 40 and described by some who have run into him as “subdued and humbled,” is settling down at the Delano Hotel.
He’ll be living there for the next few months as he works to give back to the legendary beachside resort its No. 1 ranking among hipsters and celebrities.
“He’s a very bright, capable guy who has learned a great deal over the years,” said Al Malnik, owner of The Forge. “He’s going to bring back a lot of stars who wouldn’t otherwise be here.”