Plea Deal for 'Sopranos' Chef

"Sopranos" actor John Ventimiglia won't be going to jail for drunken driving, but he will be going to school.

Ventimiglia, who plays chef Artie Bucco on the HBO series, pleaded guilty Monday in New York to a charge of driving while impaired following his arrest in May.

As part of the plea agreement, Ventimiglia will take part in a program called Choices and Consequences, according to several news reports. He'll speak at high schools in Brooklyn to warn teenagers about the dangers of driving drunk.

Ventimiglia also had his driver's license suspended for three months and will have to pay a $500 fine. And in addition to speaking at schools, he'll be attending class as well: The plea also calls for him to attend a drug-abuse program and undergo regular testing.

The 38-year-old actor was arrested May 1 near his Brooklyn home when cops observed his vehicle weaving in traffic. He failed a blood-alcohol test, and police say they also found a small amount of cocaine.

Filming on the final episodes of "The Sopranos" is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks, though several cast members are currently holding out for higher salaries.

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