A joy ride in Vernon that was shared on social media now has one car dealership employee facing charges.
A local radio station DJ went to the grand opening of Prestige Autocars on Hartford Turnpike in Vernon on August 19.
Jason Napoletano, an employee of Prestige Autocars, took the radio DJ out for a ride in a green Lamborghini. The DJ posted the video on Facebook Live. While the video was deleted online, NBC Connecticut was able to obtain it.
"Once that was posted on the internet we got a flood of calls which peaked our interest," Vernon police officer Aaron Grechko said.
In the video, Napoletano said he reached speeds around 100 miles an hour.
By looking at the video, police did their own calculations and confirmed. Police said the car was driving about 100 miles in a 40 mph zone, according to a report.
"The road they traveled on is a very heavily trafficked area. It's a main road- several lanes of traffic both ways and traveling that fast on that roadway is pretty dangerous," Grechko said.
Apparently, Napoletano wasn't worried.
"The good news is I'm friends with the mayor and the police, so we won't get in trouble," Napoletano can be heard saying in the video.
Napoletano was charged with reckless driving and was released on a promise to appear.
"If he was friends with us then he would know we take our job very seriously and wouldn't do that," Grechko said.
He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 25.
NBC Connecticut reached out to Napoletano and did not hear back.
Prestige Autocars declined to comment.