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  • 'American Idol' finalist Stefano Langone's DUI arrest revealed

    Stefano Langone. (FOX)

    In keeping with the fine tradition of “American Idol” finalists having rap sheets, Star magazine has unearthed 22-year old Stefano Langone’s 2010 DUI arrest.

    The cute crooner, who has charmed viewers with his soulful renditions of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye hits, confessed in an emotional interview about how he narrowly escaped death in a car crash caused by a drunk driver on May 28, 2009.

    “I was in an accident that changed my life, unfortunately, for the worse,” said Langone. “I woke up to a firefighter—and I’ll never forget—he looked down at me and he screamed to the EMTs, ‘He’s alive! He’s alive!’ They told me that I would never be able to walk the same.”

    The accident left Stefano deeply scarred with two broken arms and a fractured pelvis.

    What Stefano failed to reveal in that interview was that he was arrested a year later—for driving under the influence.

    Star reports that Langone was pulled over by a Washington State Patrol Trooper for speeding and changing lanes without signaling. He failed standard field sobriety tests—like being able to recite the alphabet—and failed a preliminary breath test. He was arrested and taken into custody.

    “While en route, Langone began singing,” noted his arresting officer.

    Could the revelation hurt him in the popular singing competition?

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