'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.

RELATED: 'Breaking Amish' Experience Leaves Bad Taste In Pinecraft

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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slim March 04, 2013 at 03:22 PM
We call pinecraft here in sarasota where the majority of Amish and minnonite vacation Goat town{affectionately-ref the beard gotees the Amish sport}They are lovely folks!Peacemakers who do kind works for humanity anonymously.Why?..........because it is right and just!
Cathy Cavalcante Faist March 04, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I refuse to watch either show, in fact I haven't even watched TLC at all since I told them on their fb page that I was boycotting their channel because of their reaLIEty show Breaking Amish. These channels and these people are USING the Amish & Mennonites to make money because they know the Amish and Mennonites won't fight back but they didn't take into account how many friends of theirs will!
tommy whirple March 04, 2013 at 09:01 PM
And what do you plan on doing to "fight back"? turn off your tv ? lol
Mary Rehling March 04, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Cathy...the show airs on the Discovery channel not TLC. I bet when they read your letter they had a good laugh.
ManicD March 04, 2013 at 10:22 PM
So you think that a show depicting Roman Catholics as being affiliated with the Mafia would be what? Unbelievable? Boring? Or so insulting that the Pope himself (if we had a Pope) would issue an edict condemning the whole operation? In short, Hollywood wouldn't have the effrontery to air such an insulting notion?
ManicD March 04, 2013 at 10:40 PM
This guy always looks (and acts) as if he is "half in the bag" as they say. Honestly, I've always suspected him as being a "pot head". Way too laid back, even for an Amish. But who can blame him? Living in that fast paced life of Murder and Mayhem. Having to "take a pitch fork" for his "godfather" Lebannon Levi, at the drop of an Amish hat. One can tell, the stress must be unbearable. This latest incident in Florida can only solidify his standing in the Amish Mob. He now has "a record". Misdemeanor DUI. A night "inside". Strictly speaking, he's "done time." Yeah, he's gonna be a legend in Intercourse and Blueballs, Pa.
JB March 04, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Amish Mafia isn't real...? Say it isn't so ! ...What a bunch of morons they found for that show..Lebanon Levi reminds me of Spanky in charge of Our Gangs 'He Mans Woman Haters Club'... I remember when TLC stood for The Learning Channel...That was a long time ago..Now they look for any freak society to exploit, whether it's Little People,(2 different shows) A loon mother with 8 kids, the Amish, the Hutterites, mediums who speak to the dead, people with crazy addictions...I'm sure I'm just scratching the surface..lowest common denominator for starters..
Charles Schelle (Editor) March 04, 2013 at 11:35 PM
This can get confusing between the two shows. The same production company, Hot Snakes Media, produces both Amish Mafia and Breaking Amish. You can read more about the recent filming of Breaking Amish in Sarasota here: http://patch.com/A-212L
daniel mast March 05, 2013 at 12:23 AM
TLC, plowing the fields of predation,with a sure crop of male cattle dung.TURN OFF the idiot tube and nurture a healthy relationship for a change , thats my advice for us all.
mes March 05, 2013 at 12:53 AM
I think that all these young people who were portraying the Amish are just freaks...they need to just be on their way and leave their folks in peace...If they were my children I would shun then and I am not even Amish...I admire the Amish people, they will be the people to survive all that is coming to our country...as the rest of us will probably perish...especially city dwellers...or I should say they will be the takers if our country falls....
mathematician March 05, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Since when is .123 "nearly two times the legal limit of .08?"
Stephanie March 05, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Discovery Communications owns both the Discovery Channel and TLC. It doesn't matter what network it aired on they still own it.
ruth douglass March 05, 2013 at 02:53 AM
.08+.08 is .16 pretty close to twice a little over but whos counting
ruth douglass March 05, 2013 at 02:55 AM
this program is deaminning to amish, & totaly BULL CRAP
T. Walter March 05, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Rules are rules..I don't care if you are mafia or not you still should be punished for breaking the law. As far as this show its a joke I watched it for the first time last night and found it stupid. The real mafia world is more intense then they will ever be. Trust me The Sapranos were better rated than that fake crap.
J. L. Hays March 05, 2013 at 06:15 AM
I agree. TLC is becoming the replacement of those old "fly-by-night" carnival side shows which exploited human deformity.
mark garfinkle March 05, 2013 at 02:09 PM
i find this show amusing.cause it's a pile o crap.amish are very decent,hardworking people.and like all of us like money.this "show" and that other one.seems to portray them as otherwise.maybe it's just a "mafia" ploy to increase tourism?tho a shoo fly pie from merlins sister could get you killed.
Just another face in the crowd March 05, 2013 at 03:35 PM
I live in the heart of Amish country in Ohio and frankly I am sick and tired of people thinking that the amish are such great people. They are just as human as we are and do all of the thing that the "outside" world does. They have generators in their basements to charge cell phones, have affairs, neglect their children, beat their wives, molest and even rape. The are not perfect and if their is a dollar to be made they will be first in line. Like I said they are just as human as the rest of us!
Debbie March 05, 2013 at 05:43 PM
If anyone dose belive that the Amish Mafia isn't real. I bet the also belive in the Easter Bunny too. LOL
Jeffrey Prescott March 05, 2013 at 05:43 PM
I realize the show is a fake, but Amish people all human like the rest of us? As they should be, but they also appear to know how to live off the land, still continue old world traditional farm life and propably have been surviving this bad economy better than the rest of the people. Unless you tell me all the farms and crops are just fake also? I dont live near them only what Ive read or seen from picture's / news. We need more living like this to be able to survive in todays fast world of electronics, and get back to basics.......
Just another face in the crowd March 05, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Go to Wal-Mart the first of the month and tell me how many are living off the land and how many are living off the system with food stamps. Really?
Charles Schelle (Editor) March 05, 2013 at 09:31 PM
PBS also shot footage for a documentary in Pinecraft for a follow-up to "The Amish" American Experience documentary. This could be refreshing for those who are not a fan of Breaking Amish and Amish Mafia. Check it out here: http://patch.com/A-23q7
AmishArentPerfectTheySin2 March 07, 2013 at 06:24 AM
I couldn't have said it better myself. I also live in the heart of Amish Country in Ohio and yes just like us christains, Catholic, Jew, non-demoniantional and just plain ordinary ppl, The Amish like the rest mentioned above have good people that follow their beliefs/religion to the book, but all also have rapists, drug addicts, criminals, wife beathers child molestors and all other types of bad people.Its he 20th century and they are no different than we are they may live a lil different but they arent all saints I worked at Walmart for 3 years the amish were there daily purchasing the same things we do each day The "real" amish survive witthout walmart, phones, electric their hard workers and honest people I havent seen a "real" amish person since I was 9 years old and Im now 32
AmishArentPerfectTheySin2 March 07, 2013 at 06:35 AM
I worked at Walmart for 3 years the Amish were their daily buying the same things you and I buy. Things such as batteries, clothes, shoes, toys, things that use electric and much more including food (of all types even pop, produce & meat)The first of the month I've even seen them cashing Social security checks and welfare checks. They use foodstamps ect. Im not saying all amish are like this but I'd say their are few that truely live the Amish culture 100% or even close to it. This is the 20th century they are getting more and more custom to our lifestyles. My grandpa has many "amish" friends I spent many hours/days growing up with grandpa visiting with the amish Trust me they arent perfect and the amish children are getting more and more curiious of our "normal" lifestyles as time goes on and many are breaking complettely away from amsih when they age out theres more mennonites than amish but even they have bad and good ppl
Barbara Scully March 23, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I like the show. I also like the Easter bunny. Lighten up folks.
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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