On Tuesday evening, Richmond Police observed a vehicle waiting to turn left at the intersection of Lexington Road and South Keeneland Drive.
The traffic light turned green and occupants of the car, driven by Kyle Verdi, allegedly began honking excessively and yelling at the vehicle in front of them. One of the passengers, who was reportedly not wearing a seat-belt, proceeded to partially step out of the car and also yell at the vehicle in front of them.
Upon conducting a traffic stop, the officer allegedly noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from inside of Verdi’s car. Verdi explained that the group in his car had recently filmed a music video in Lexington, and that he was driving them back due to them being intoxicated.
According to the citation, the passenger apologized for exiting the vehicle earlier, and stated that he was just “being dumb”. He also admitted to honking Verdi’s horn in an attempt to make the car in front of them move.
Authorities then requested Verdi to exit the vehicle, where they reportedly observed an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person. When asked, Verdi apparently stated that he had consumed two alcoholic beverages approximately two hours prior to the incident. The citation claims that Verdi then stated that he was a “light weight” but was the most fit to drive of the group.
The officer conducted multiple sobriety tests on Verdi, which he reportedly had difficulty completing. Police charged Verdi with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol, No Horn, and Failure to Wear Seat Belts.