The five-minute video opens with a man cruising along in his car, cracking open a bottle of what appears to be Beck’s beer and taking a swig.
“We all know drinking and driving is against the law. You’re not supposed to do that. But they didn’t say anything about driving and then drinking,” the man says to the camera. “You just have to be learned enough to understand the symbols of drunkenness.”
The man, Richard Godbehere, posted the clip in February under the title “Let’s Go Driving, Drinking!” to LiveLeak, a video-sharing site where users can vote on and donate to videos they like.
Even so, he appeared surprised when police showed up at his house in Kapa’a, Hawaii, to arrest him on charges of consuming alcohol while operating a vehicle and driving without a license.
“It’s unbelievable,” Godbehere told CNN. He says the video was meant as a parody. “There was no beer in that bottle.” Godbehere is due in court in June, and police in Kaua’i told CNN the case will come down to whether a judge or jury believes him.
“Our traffic laws are in place for a reason, and Mr. Godbehere’s blatant disregard for those laws is the type of behavior that won’t be tolerated,” said Kaua’i Police Chief Darryl Perry in a statement.