'Amish Mafia' Star Guilty of DUI In Sarasota

The latest episode of the hit Discovery series had filmed in Pinecraft, Sarasota's Amish and Mennonite community.

SARASOTA, FL -- It appears that the "Amish Mafia" hit series on Discovery has invaded Sarasota's own Amish and Mennonite community, Pinecraft.

In a two-hour special that aired Sunday night, the show featured cast member Alvin Lantz, 30, sent to Sarasota by the head of the Amish Mafia, Lebanon Levi, where Lantz was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, as shown in the episode. Lantz was found guilty in court and blew a .123 in a the Breathalyzer test, nearly two times the legal limit of .08.

If you're not familiar with the show, it is a script-based reality series, featuring people with Amish and Mennonite background who supposedly control the money and power of the Amish church. However, not all of the cast is actually from Lancaster, PA. Some are purported to be paid actors while others are extras. 

Here is the plot line around Lantz's visit to Pinecraft, according to examiner.com: 

"Alvin was sent by Levi to Sarasota, Fla. to an Amish community called Pinecraft. A man came to Levi for money because he has a sick wife. Levi gave him the money, then he went to Florida and left his sick wife at home. Alvin was sent to bring him back, and Levi wants his money back and will see to it that he takes care of his wife. Many young people go there during the winter months to party and act like anything but Amish, but many elderly go there too, rather than face the bad northern winters."

Lantz was pulled over by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office just before 1 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2012, for doing 56 mph in a 35 mph zone on U.S. 301, according to the probable cause affidavit.

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When a sheriff's deputy pursued the car, Lantz's car reached between 70 and 80 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the affidavit.

Lantz was pulled over in the 600 block of northbound U.S. 301, and when deputies approached his car, they smelled alcohol, and after exiting the car, Lantz "inexplicably closed the fly on his pants." Lantz had apparently urinated on himself, as the Breathalyzer affidavit noted that the "driver's goin was wet."

Lantz failed the gaze test and walk and turn test in the field sobriety test, but was able to successfully complete a one-leg stand, according to the affidavit.

While at Sarasota County Jail for a Breathalyzer test, Lantz spontaneously told the deputy that "he was a television star and would be starring in an upcoming television show in [sic] the Discovery Channel called 'Amish Mafia,'" according to the affidavit.

The first episode of "Amish Mafia" didn't air until Dec. 11. Sunday's episode, where Lantz was arrested, was the start of season two as part of a two-hour special.

Lantz also told the deputy that "I knew when the lights went on that I was wrong," according to the deputy that was preparing the Breathalyzer device.

Lantz, whose last known address is listed in Litiz, Pa., blew a .123 two times on the Breathalyzer, according to the affidavit. 

Wilmer Beiler had posted the $500 bond for Lantz to get out of jail, according to the affidavit. 

Lantz had attempted to change his plea to no contest, but the judge found Lantz guilty on Feb. 19, according to court records.

Lantz was sentenced to 12 months probation and has to complete 50 hours of community service, attend and complete DUI school and a victim impact panel and has his driver's license suspended for six months, according to court records.

This isn't the first time the show has filmed in Sarasota, as Levi and Esther visited Sarasota's beaches during the first season for a vacation as part of a plot line for Esther to distract Levi from her "brother" John Schmucker to start up popular barn fights again.

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Betty Lambright Schwartz April 01, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Just another face in the crowd. You must be a mad X Amish or Mennonite. And the only difference between the Amish and Mennonite is there out ward dress. You sound like the Amish/Mennonites should live like everyone lived back in the 1800th century. Hasn't everyone changed since the 1800th and 1900th century? Get with the times. Thank God we still have our Freedom in 2013. We all need to spend more time praying for our Troops/Men fighting for our Freedom. Peace be with you.
erica marmolejo April 27, 2013 at 04:29 AM
amish maifa i can believe that( alvin stoltzfus lantz) got arrested well people mistake and they learn from their mistakes. well when i saw the reality show of the amish mafia i got so glue to it and couldn't take my eyes of alvin stoltzfus lantz iam so in love with alvin stoltzfus lantz i don't care if his amish or not but iam in love with him no matter what love conqures all my heart only belong to him even if he doesn't knows me i don't care..(alvin stoltzfus lantz i love you where ever you are and alvin i hope you read this).
erica marmolejo April 27, 2013 at 04:32 AM
i love you ....alvin stoltzfus lantz hope you read this where ever you are
Pati beardsley August 12, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Nice. By the way, No law enforcement agency in this part of Florida uses a Breathalyzer machine. I'm not sure of its accuracy; all local agencies use an Intoxilyzer (usually an 8000). And since when is a member of the Amish/Mennonite community "above reproach"? They aren't much different than the rest of us except in their manner of dress.. They have the same problems, the same vices, the same issues.
Christopher Shaun Callaway September 24, 2013 at 04:11 PM
A few corrections to some of your comments.. Ester took levi dwn to FL so brother John could have illegal Buggy Races not Hut parties. And Ester made the Shoe fly pie for John. Not nutty Merlin. And the Show is 70% fake. The producers and Editors should really pay attention to detail. The fake parts are so obviously fake.


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