By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
Sometimes drunk drivers by their actions seem to almost want to be arrested, and a woman in Lakeland, Florida allegedly made this all the more apparent.
Whitney Beall, police say, drove intoxicated while video streaming her actions via Periscope. Viewers of the video then telephoned 911 reporting a drunk girl was driving through town.
Police later discovered her and placed her under arrest. Video follows this article.
Certainly this is going to be a most difficult violation to defend.
Several others attempted to encourage the driver to stop by sending her text messages. A 911 caller reportedly stated, “I just saw a girl on Periscope driving drunk. She doesn’t know where she is and she’s driving really fast.”
Not only did Ms. Beall show her driving issues, such as driving on the wrong side of the road, holding at green lights while another driver honked her to move forward, weaving, but helped the prosecution’s future case by making slurred, rambling statements such as repeatedly claiming to be lost, that she is driving on a flat tire, and admitting her crime several times by voicing incriminations such as “I’m driving drunk and this is not cool.” To top it off she lamented aloud, “I haven’t been arrested yet, and I really don’t hope so.”
After dispatch notified patrol of the alleged drunk driver, an officer connected to Periscope via his personal cell phone and directed others who located Ms. Beall whereupon she struck a curb without braking. After reportedly failing Field Sobriety Tests, Police took her into custody. She refused a breath test and was booked for DUI.
The video may be seen HERE at WFTV.com.
By Darren Smith
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