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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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SusanCoyote    

Is anyone really shocked by anything that happens in Florida? It's the toilet of America. White-trash, trailer parks and baby killers.

893 days ago
17.

Trip    

Winners get 250,000$ for winning Hells Kitchen. Plus a job as a head chef at Gordans Restaurant. Him driving a **** 10K car, And working at a Bar & Grill in Daytona... I guess it didn't work out

893 days ago
18.

Mindy Shaffer    

C'mon Danny! I taught you better than that!

893 days ago
19.

Loren    

He is way HOT!!!! Love those baby blues!! I Have had the pleasure of meeting him. He is nice guy and charming at that. I have also had his food and it's awesome!!

893 days ago
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Tiger the Greyhound    

Was it just a Neon , or was it an SRT-4 ? They go like stink and have no muffler .

892 days ago
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