Florida Woman Arrested After Live-Streaming a Video of Herself Allegedly Driving Drunk on Periscope
Whitney Marie Beall supposedly claimed she was inebriated as she drove around with a flat tire
A Florida woman was arrested by police over the weekend after she allegedly used the social media app Periscope to broadcast herself while driving under the influence.
A Lakeland Police Department spokesperson tells PEOPLE several 911 calls came in to the dispatch center on Saturday night. The spokesperson says callers told police that they were watching a woman, allegedly 23-year-old Whitney Marie Beall, driving drunk on the popular live-streaming app.
In the footage, Beall allegedly declared that she was “f—ing drunk.” She also said her car had a flat tire and that she didn’t recognize her surroundings.
A Lakeland officer logged on to Periscope and began watching Beall’s broadcast, the spokesperson says. The officer recognized several local landmarks from the feed and was about to locate Beall’s vehicle moments later.
The spokesperson says officers initiated a traffic stop. As the lights began to flash, Beall allegedly drove directly into the curb, where her car came to an immediate halt.
Police claimed Beall smelled of alcohol when they interviewed her at the scene. Her eyes were bloodshot and glossy as well, and she also appeared to be disoriented, says the spokesperson.
When she refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, Beall was taken into custody, the spokesperson says. She was charged with drunken driving and posted $500 bond for her release. She has not yet entered a plea, but her lawyer told WFLA that Beall plans to plead not guilty.
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