Apparently the man was pulled over for impeding the flow of traffic when the red light turned green.
Criminal Defense Attorney
Your question deals with the language of Virginia Code § 46.2-391.2. The administrative suspension of license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle - this section is really separate as it involves administrative DMV suspensions and not suspensions by a Court.
The essence of this section is a person who refuses is generally suspended administratively for seven (7) days. However, if the summons or warrant issued charges the person with a second or subsequent offense, the suspension shall be for 60 days.
So the question is - what was your friend charged with? 1st or 2nd Offense.
The other nuance is that the Virginia DMV can only suspend a Virginia license. A person whose driver's license is from a jurisdiction other than the Commonwealth can drive anywhere he/she desires, but the privilege to operate a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth shall be suspended immediately under this section.