In an exclusive investigation conducted by RadarOnline.com, it has come to light that Ariana Grande’s father, Edward C. Butera, has amassed a less-than-impressive driving record. Court documents reveal that Butera, aged 64, has been involved in various driving infractions in and around Boca Raton, Miami, and the Florida Keys.
Among the charges leveled against him, the most recent incident occurred just two months ago in Plantation Key. Butera was allegedly caught using a blinding auxiliary headlight on his 2014 Jeep while driving along the two-lane U.S. 1 Highway at 6:30 a.m., according to the issued traffic ticket.
It is worth noting that this isn’t the first time Butera has found himself in trouble with the law. In fact, the most serious offense on his driving record took place in 2019. This incident coincided with his daughter, Ariana Grande, reconciling with him after years of estrangement following their separation when she was just 8 years old.
According to court documents, Butera was driving a 2013 Porsche on August 17, 2019, when he was involved in a one-car crash along S. Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton at 10:27 p.m. As a result, he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident. During his arraignment, Butera pleaded not guilty, and his attorney filed a demand for discovery in an attempt to fight the misdemeanor charge, which carried a potential sentence of less than a year in county jail.
However, a month later, Butera had a change of heart and pleaded guilty. He was subsequently sentenced to 15 hours of community service, required to complete a 4-hour defensive driving course, and fined $100.
Court records unearthed by RadarOnline.com indicate that the 2019 incident was not the first time Butera had to enroll in court-ordered driver safety classes. On July 2, 2021, he was clocked going 87 mph in a 60-mph zone by the Florida Highway Patrol in the Miami area. However, the case was dismissed in December.
Additionally, Butera was pulled over in Miami on September 21, 2018, for failing to obey a stop sign. This case was also dismissed after completing “traffic school” and paying a $186 fine.
Furthermore, court documents obtained by RadarOnline.com reveal that Butera attended driving school in 2014 and 2012 following two separate speeding tickets near his Boca Raton residence and in the vicinity of Plantation Key, respectively.
The repeated encounters with law enforcement paint a concerning picture of Edward C. Butera’s driving habits, highlighting the need for increased caution and adherence to traffic laws.