Woman Live-Streamed Her Drunk Driving, Say Cops

Periscope viewers called 911
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2015 2:33 AM CDT

If the drunk-driving case against Whitney Beall goes to trial, Exhibit A will probably be her Periscope video "Drunk Girl Driving," in which she drives around talking about how drunk she is. Police in Lakeland, Fla., say the 23-year-old used the live-streaming app to upload a series of videos of herself driving drunk on Saturday night, and she was arrested after worried viewers called 911, NBC Miami reports. Police say they managed to find Beall after an officer logged onto the app. When she was pulled over, she drove into a curb without braking, the New York Daily News reports. She refused a Breathalyzer test but failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and taken to jail.

As Beall drove around—and viewers urged her to stop before she killed somebody—she complained about having a flat tire and made statements like "I am super drunk in the USA" and "I am drunk on South Florida Avenue because I'm a drunk person." The video "highlights the dangers of driving while intoxicated through the eyes of a drunk and irresponsible young adult," police said in a statement. The department is "extremely thankful that this did not result in an accident and no one was injured as a result of her poor decision." Beall's lawyer says she is "a young professional with a bright future" and she will be pleading not guilty, WFLA reports. (A drunk wedding guest nearly ran over the bride.)

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