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'Hell's Kitchen' Champ

Arrested for Driving

While Sauced

3/12/2012 4:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Danny Veltri mug shot

Danny Veltri -- the guy who won "Hell's Kitchen" in 2009 -- was arrested at a gas station in Florida this weekend after cops say he went too heavy on the booze before getting behind the wheel.

According to police, cops got a call about an intoxicated  driver at a gas station around 4:15 AM Sunday morning ... and when they arrived at the scene, Veltri was "intoxicated and in control" of a 2005 Dodge Neon.

Cops say Veltri took a breathalyzer test ... and his blood alcohol level was a .12 ... way over the limit, .08.

Veltri -- who's now a GM at a place called the Gnarly Surf Bar & Grill near Daytona Beach -- was eventually hauled to a nearby station where he was booked and released on $500 bail.

We tried to reach Danny for comment -- but so far, no luck.

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1.

Pudding Tang    

DODGE NEON....... AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

963 days ago
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PRO US    

Make up your mind. First you say he was in a Dodge, then you say he's a GM. Which is it?

963 days ago
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NSB Girl     

for the record, gnarly surf bar has great food! Oh, and GM.... GENERAL MANAGER GENIUS!

963 days ago
4.

static    

He won a job at The Borgata making $250,000.
WTF happened?

963 days ago
5.

george    

r his ears in celebration for st pats day, they look like shamrocks.

963 days ago
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Dita Wildflower    

WICKED funny headline you guys! Who ever came up with that one should get like a 250$ bonus. It would be a great incentive to get your team to really push those captions and headlines into notoriety Harvey.

D. Wildflower

963 days ago
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jimmy d    

I am not gay nor am I a fan of cooking shows so I wouldn't know who this is...but this guy straight-up handsome. And I live in LA! I would've thought he was a movie star? NO HOMO

963 days ago
8.

silver    

Looks like James Franco

963 days ago
9.

sweet    

To me he looks like Rick Springfield. Good looking guy hope he doesn't waste his life being an alcoholic.

963 days ago
10.

Boomers    

He should have bought some Dentyne before he left. The ads have been all over the sight today.

963 days ago
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Cricket    

What a shame. I'm just glad he didn't hurt/kill anyone. He was quite a talented chef. Thejobs they win on Hell's Kitchen are only for one year. They are told that in the beginning.

963 days ago
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toni harshman    

a real chef would know wine messes you up so grow up and make proud and not frown

963 days ago
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levyi    

Alcohol and cheffing goes together like alcohol and cheffing. The only group of workers who does more recreational drugs are doctors and that's only because they have access to the good stuff. Coke=FOH, Booze/Pot=BOH. I once knew a server with one nostril, and a cook who kept a bottle of Old Crow on the line.

963 days ago
14.

Cujeaux    

This guy would be kind of hot if not for the Appalachian redneck Dumbo ears.

963 days ago
15.

cherry1    

He's frikking HOT! Found other pictures of him and he looks wayyyyy better with the facial hair.

Come fix me some eggs and waffles when you come out the slammer, sweetie.

962 days ago
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