Kauai man arrested after police see drinking, driving video

Published On: Mar 20 2013 10:18:22 AM HST   Updated On: Mar 20 2013 04:07:34 PM HST

A Kauai man recorded a video of himself drinking a beer while driving and posted it on the Internet.  The man says it was a joke but Kauai police are not laughing.

"I'm debt free.  It's a Christmas treat for me!" said 53-year-old Richard Gerald Godbehere Jr.

In this home video, Godbehere rejoices about being debt-free.  However, it's not what he's celebrating but how that landed him in trouble with the law.

In the 5-minute video, you can see and hear Godbehere pop open a beer while driving.

"I'm so happy, I'm driving and drinking," said Godbehere in the video.

"For me, it was like a slap in the face for what we try to do," said Sgt. Jason Overmyer.  "We are trying to make our roadways safer for our residents and our visitors and this individual is putting videos online of him drinking."

After Godbehere posted the video online, Kauai police received tips through their online reporting site.

Officers didn't arrest him for driving under the influence.  Instead, they arrested the Kapa'a resident on suspicion of violating the open container law and was driving without a license.

"He was shocked that somebody -- one -- turned him in, and two -- that we took it as serious as we did," said Sgt. Overmyer.  "He claiming that it wasn't alcohol and it was posted as a joke.  We take these cases very seriously because of the correlation between drinking and driving and fatality crashes."

KITV4 News contacted Godbehere who initially agreed to talk to us.  However, he has not returned our phone calls.  He is scheduled to appear in court in April.

If convicted, Godbehere could face 30 days behind bars for each of the two misdemeanor charges.

Godbehere posted a response video, but a word of caution -- there is offensive language in the video.

Click here to see the KITV report on this story.


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