Lakeland, Florida Woman Streams Video Of Her Drunk Driving Incident

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One of the most interesting developments in the ongoing evolution of social media is that we are becoming more and more jaded with regard to the questionable statements of opinion people are willing to post on their profiles for all to see.  All too often, we learn things about people that we never really wanted to know in the first place.
What remains unbelievable, though, is what people will RECORD themselves doing on video and then post to their profiles for all to see.  One young woman in Lakeland, Florida took that to even more of an extreme when she streamed herself driving drunk.  23 year old Whitney Marie Beall of Lakeland, Florida was charged with DUI the night of Saturday, October 10 when she streamed her drunk driving live on Periscope, a social media owned by Twitter for streaming live video.  Fortunately, some alert and caring Periscope users alerted authorities to the situation and she was pulled over and arrested before she could hurt anyone or cause further damage.
http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/lakeland-woman-arrested-for-dui-after-broadcasting-a-drunk-girl-driving-periscope-video?autoplay=true
Beall failed the field sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer test, resulting in her arrest.
This certainly isn’t the first time an incident like this has made national news.  In January 2013, 18 year old Jacob Cox-Brown of Astoria, Oregon posted his now notorious blurb on Facebook:
“Drivin’ drunk… classsic 😉  but to whoever’s vehicle I hit I am sorry. :P”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2257145/Teen-arrested-admitting-Facebook-hed-driving-drunk-hit-someones-car.html
In his case, officers showed up at his home the next day and saw damage on his car consistent with the car he hit, but they couldn’t arrest him for DUI because they could not actually prove that he was drunk at the time of the incident itself.
If you are on social media and see something like this, by all means alert your local authorities.  Drunk driving is a serious offense and while the above cases are indeed extreme, if you or someone you know are ever in need of representation for DUI or if you believe you have been wrongly accused, the first thing you should do is not panic.  The second thing you should do is get professional representation like the experienced DUI attorneys at Alpert Schreyer.  Call today for a free consultation.

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