Chris Paciello, Murderous Nightclub Impresario, Arrested For Drunk Driving at 80 MPH Through South Beach

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Chris Paciello is an old school South Beach legend, a Bonnano crime family goon who conquered the nightclub scene before being sent to federal prison for his role in a murder. These days, he's back in his old stomping grounds working for the Delano Hotel, and is very sorry about having helped kill that lady. But Riptide has learned that this morning, he was popped by Miami Beach police for driving at incredible speeds through SoBe while suspected to be under the influence.

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.

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"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.

Paciello was the subject of a series of four New Times features. Sentenced in 2000 to ten years in prison for a mob-connected murder, he cooperated with the FBI and only served seven. He turned down federal witness protection and returned to Miami this summer, taking what was billed as a "marketing" gig with the Delano. "The Light Group believes in second chances, and Chris has paid his debt to society," the posh hotel's parent company told the Miami Herald in a statement back in September 2011. "He is a welcomed addition to our team of professionals."

The Light Group has not yet responded to a request for comment on this latest arrest.

[H/T: Random Pixels]

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House Rules
House Rules

Hey LIGHT GROUP, we hear Casey Anthony is looking for work, and she wasn't convicted of murder. Care to offer her a job to boost celebrity clientele? Fucking mules!  How is the Light Group going to explain jeopardizing the lives of it's patrons by hiring a walking dead man around their hotel? Will they simply pretend they didn't foresee the danger? Business as usual on South Beach Miami. Fuck the clients, boost revenue by any means necessary. A mob orchestrated hit worked wonders for Spark Steak House in New York City, maybe that's the goal here.

Tlang
Tlang

BAB, You are either Smoking the Same shit, that Reynolds, and Calco Loved to Smoke, or your Plain Dum8, 1 Chris was never part of them Jake Ofs, you talk about, Boobsie was and is a Clown, oh wait his brother John is a Boss now, and Boobsie was a Captain, Bageta, you know what, Gonz tell Him the Dudes in Allenwood Low told everyone about him Shaving his Chest, remember that Bath Ave Crew, was always a Bunch of Crack heads, and Low Lives, starting from Your Man Joe Bagante, old Efen Punk 1/2 A Rat, Broken Down Valese, Go back to socia services tomorow, maybe in a ifetime, you can save money to buy a 10 year old Car, jelous MotherFuk3r

BAB
BAB

 You must be 100 years old. Using words like VALESE? Holy shit! The convalescent home giving you access to the computer? Jealous? Of what? A rat??? 1/2 rat, full rat, it's all the same trash pail. I know the stand ups and I know the LAY DOWNS, and while I never said that there aren't sheep in every crew, including what we had back then, I don't condone selling out your friends to save your ass. We all made choices. CONSCIOUS choices in our lives coming up in the neighborhood to live a life that afforded us the freedom to do what we wanted, when we wanted, and to live the lives of celebrities. But all along, we knew that we played by our own rules. Finger pointing is for pussy's, and as far as SHAVED CHESTS go, look who moved to the gayest location in all of Miami where chest shaving is pretty fucking common. YOUR BOY CHRIS, which I'm inclined to believe is who I'm talking to based on the horrible spelling. As for Boobs, let's be real, the sort of courage it took you to make those statements regarding him could and would never take place in any personal setting, so I have no respect for that. Chris was one of us, so let's not get diluted into thinking anything different. A knockaround guy from the neighborhood seeking fame, popularity, money, power and women. In the end, he took it up the ass like a woman and bent over for the govt. Makes sense turning down an 8 year sentence to go testify at a few trials against people who treated you good and you grew up with, to end up giving the govt. 10 years anyway. That shows the lack of intelligence that exists in Chris. Lack of loyalty was obvious, but we never thought he was THAT stupid. Now what? A life spent looking over your shoulder? All for what? Cazzo!! Boobs faced 30, took 10 and never told a word on his friends. Same could be said of Gonz. So when you insult STAND UP GUYS in defense of RATS, you are no different than the garbage you keep company with and you could burn with him for all I care.

BAB
BAB

Hey Chris, I bet you miss the food back home. Bet you wish you could walk over to Bath and Bay 25th and have a slice at Pino's. We all know your pizzeria venture didn't work out for you. With us backing you, things could have ended differently for you. You're welcome to come home Chris. We all miss you. Wanna hear your stories of life in Cali and how you're hoping to make it big again in Miami.  Remember that other snake Mikey Yammine? Well, thanks to you two trash pails, his brother got deported. Some of the  younger kids in the neighborhood looked up to all of us, that is, until you, Mikey Yammine, and Mike DeRosa proved that within a strong crew such as ours, there will always be weak links.

BAB
BAB

Tsk tsk tsk. Hey Chris, I know you're reading this. We miss you back home. Gonz came home a few years ago and he's doing great (because he remained a stand up guy through it all). Unfortunately Fabriz and Tommy are spending 100 years without the possibility of parole thanks to you and Mikey turning your back on your boys. Maybe if Joe was representing you through that case, you'd have taken the 8 years that was offered to the three of you. In the end, even testifying against "ANTHONY" (BIG APPLE CAR SERVICE), and turning your back on us, you still got hit with 10 in club fed. Was it all worth it? Now look at you. Popeye, Gonz, Boobsie, and I'm sure many others would LOVE to stop in and wish you all their best at the Delano. Maybe, just maybe, one of us already lives in So. Flo. and maybe, just maybe, you were playing TOUGH GUY poolside at the Delano this weekend with the very group present to confirm that you were actually living there. No worries Chris, Bath avenue never forgets. BAB for life you gutless animal. Remember that!

E
E

 This is too funny, wanna be mobster showing up here, dropping names like Boobsie and Piano-teeth, threatening payback...really? I bet Chris was driving 80 mph just to get away from your ugly mug.

BAB
BAB

 There's wannabe's everywhere Chris.  You were (are) one of them. But when faced with a little bit of time, you sold your soul. Real "mobsters" take their medicine like MEN. As for the aforementioned names, let's be real, any donkey with access to the internet could learn of those individuals.

It's one thing to turn your back on the life you once chose, but to turn your back on your friends and to sell your soul to avoid facing punishment for something YOU orchestrated to begin with, only to end up serving more time in exchange for your cooperation, shame shame. There's an old Italian saying, "Meglio un giorno da leone che cento da pecora!" Baaaaa Baaaaa Chrissy. It's the only language you understand now.

One would expect a high profile individual such as yourself to be dressed in public with some level of class, not wearing raggy sweat pants. Keith is close by, ask him to loan you some decent clothes.

You want fries...
You want fries...

This ex-con still employed at the Delano?

When will he learn, "You want fries with that?"

Charles___Darwin
Charles___Darwin

Can someone send this guy a book from the Hemlock Society? Wait, he probably can't read anyway....

Delano Hotel?
Delano Hotel?

The Delano let's this convict through their doors? They pay him?

Do the guests know?

Payback
Payback

Maybe this creep was being chased by a mafia dude he turned in?

Look over your shoulder much?

Murderer
Murderer

This rat still doing steroids?

guest
guest

SOBE sunny place for shady people

Markus Koch
Markus Koch

I bought coke off Chris earlier that night

AnonHon
AnonHon

Sounds like a load of bullshit to me. 

Markus Koch
Markus Koch

it's true.  I was high as a kite.  Thanks Chris!

Lukeisstupid
Lukeisstupid

Light Group AKA Morgans Hotel Group is a haven for drug dealers and prostitution. Its no wonder they would let a murderous drunk in the doors and pay him to dress nice and walk around snorting coke.

Flatandsharp
Flatandsharp

I would love to hear more about The Light Group's "team of professionals".

IdiotGoon
IdiotGoon

Someone put that idiot in the ground for good...

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