Commonwealth v. Tricia Kight; On “Beer Run” While 5 Times the Legal Limit, Driver Causes Crash; Over 1 Year to Serve

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Tricia Kight, 41 years old, of the 2200 block of Westsail Lane in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge James C. Lewis for charges of DUI-Victim Permanently Injured and DUI. Judge Lewis sentenced Kight to serve 1 year and 10 days in prison.  An additional 4 years and 355 days were suspended.   The sentence highly exceeded the Virginia State Sentencing Guidelines which recommended an active sentence of 1 day to 3 months in jail.  Judge Lewis further ordered that upon her release, Kight must attend Alcoholics Anonymous three (3) times per week, complete an alcohol treatment program at Edgehill Recovery Retreat, and remain on good behavior for 10 years.


Kight pled guilty on January 21, 2015.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on October 16, 2014 at approximately 5:25 p.m., Tricia Kight caused a crash at an intersection on Shore Drive in Virginia Beach on the way home from purchasing beer at Walgreens. Kight did not have the right of way and struck another vehicle.  Police and EMS responded to the crash.  As EMS attempted to treat the serious injuries to the Kight’s leg, she began drinking a Bud Light.  A police officer attempted to take the beer from Kight, but she struggled with him to keep it.  The officer was finally able to pry the beer from her grasp, and she reached into the case of beer on the floor and grabbed another. Her eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy.


The investigation revealed that Kight drank a 12-pack of beer that afternoon and also took two (2) Percocet pills. She could not remember what she did that day or how the accident happened.  Kight’s medical records ultimately revealed that her BAC was at least between a .40 and .45.  This is over five (5) times the legal limit.


The woman in the car struck by Kight suffered extensive neck injuries.  Several vertebrae in her neck were broken, and some vertebrae were fused together during a surgery.  The victim has screws and plates in her neck and will have permanent physical limitations as a result of the crash.


The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Melanie A. Smith. Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.