Monday, November 27, 2006

Poor Fabian got pulled over for being "Famous"

Party-animal "It" (?) boy Fabian Basabe is innocent of drunk driving, his lawyer claims, and is being railroaded by "bumbling" cops who targeted him because he is "famous". Basabe - who's renowned for "dipping" presidential daughter Barbara Bush on the dance floor - was arrested on Thanksgiving Eve at 1:20 a.m. when police say he drove his black Hummer SUV through a red light at Central Park West at 65th Street. After learning Basabe's license had been suspended, officers asked him to take a Breathalyzer test, which he allegedly failed. The snake-hipped playboy was charged with four infractions, including reckless driving, drunk driving and unlicensed driving.

Basabe's lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, said it's all a big mistake: "The bumbling officers who stopped Fabian Basabe's Hummer employed antiquated field equipment in an ill-fated attempt to test [his] sobriety." Heller also said in an e-mail that Basabe never should have been charged with driving with a suspended license because his suspension was lifted in 2005, "as could have been verified by a simple computer check . . . but for the fact that the officers, instead of affording Fabian Basabe the presumption of innocence . . . were too excited about potentially bagging a Page Six boldfaced-named defendant."

Basabe - who starred in the "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive" reality TV show last year - has indeed made Page Six several times. For instance, in July 2005, we reported he was thrown out of Star Room in the Hamptons after knocking over vodka bottles and "swinging from the rafters like an orangutan," as a witness put it. Now that he's become a defendant himself, the Manhattan DA might have a hard time pressing Basabe's assault case against Bungalow 8 doorman Armin Amiri. Basabe had Armin arrested last July after accusing the debonaire doorman of beating him up a few weeks earlier outside the West 28th Street club. But the prosecutors have had the case adjourned because they had trouble getting hold of their star witness. "No wonder they couldn't find Fabian," laughed one lawyer. "He was on the road."


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