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24 August 2015

WAOK Talk Radio Host Guilty of DUI, Other Charges Following 2014 Hit & Run Incident

Ali Rashad Richey, host of "Real Talk with Rashad Richey" on 1380AM WAOK, was convicted of DUI, driving with suspended/revoked license, and failure to report accident this year following a November 2014 incident involving another driver on Joseph E. Lowery Blvd.

(Rashad Richey, left, with Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Shawn Jones, was recently convicted of DUI and other charges following a 2014 hit & run incident. Image courtesy CBS Radio.)
Georgia Unfiltered first learned of Mr. Richey's legal troubles following a tip that his case would be before the Atlanta Municipal Court last week.

Using an open records request, Georgia Unfiltered obtained public records detailing Mr. Richey's recent run-in with the law.

According to the police report, an Atlanta police officer observed Richey run into the front left grill of a 2004 GMC Yukon. Richey was driving a 2006 Lexus owned by former Democratic Party of Georgia chairman Mike Berlon.

"He tried to step out of the vehicle but was unsuccessful due to immobility from being intoxicated," the report reads.

"During my investigation, I was trying to obtain information about Mr. Richey to begin the report. I asked Mr. Richey for his date of birthday and he responded 'Lawyer.' I was unable to obtain any information from Mr. Richey at that time. Although he advised multiple times that he works for the Clayton County Sheriff's Department, and later finding out he is the Chief Lobbyist for noted department.

"I was able to look up Mr. Richey on Horizon database and found out that this was not the first time that he [was] charged/convicted for driving under the influence," the police report continues.

The police report further states that Rashad Richey had his driver's license suspended due to child support and failure to appear.

Clayton County court records indicate a motion for contempt was filed against Mr. Richey in an ongoing child support case. A hearing on the motion was scheduled for 21 May 2015. However, law enforcement officials were unable to serve Mr. Richey with the summons.

Rashad Richey was sentenced to probation on 7 May 2015.

Rashad Richey DUI/Hit & Run Case Files