LAKELAND, FL (WTNH)– A 23-year-old Florida woman was arrested after live streaming herself driving drunk on Periscope.
Lakeland Police say that on Saturday night, they received several 911 calls from Periscope viewers about a possible drunk driver using the app to broadcast herself. Periscope is an app that allows you to video-record and stream live video to anywhere in the world. As a result of that stream, people watching her were able to call police, afraid she would hurt someone or herself.
In the video, the woman, later identified as Whitney Marie Beall, said several times that she was drunk, didn’t know where she was and had a flat tire. At point she exclaimed “drunk driving is not cool” after she was honked at by other drivers.
“Let’s see if I can do it all the way home without a ticket,” Beall said to Periscope viewers.
Beall ended up with more than just a ticket. Police were able to track her down based on descriptions of the area and the car from callers. While the police department not does have access to Periscope, one officer also used their personal account to locate Beall.
Police say when they found Beall and initiated a traffic stop, she abruptly hit the south curb with her right front wheel/tire. Officers said Beall didn’t even brake when she hit the curb and that she smelled of alcohol. They added that Beall’s speech was slow, her eyes were glossy and that she appeared disoriented when she refused the breathalyzer test. Beall was arrested and charged with a DUI, about 20 minutes after the 911 calls were made.
Police said in a press release:
“The streaming Periscope video highlights the dangers of driving while intoxicated through the eyes of a drunk and irresponsible young adult. The Lakeland Police 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 told WFLA that she made a mistake and learned her lesson. Her attorney also released a statement to WFLA:
“She is a young professional with a bright future. When her court date is set, I will be entering a plea on her behalf of not guilty. I am not doing any interviews at this time, nor is my client or her mother. I’ll be investigating the case and that starts now. I am waiting to see all the evidence, and I will take a look at it. I am also waiting for discovery from the State Attorney’s Office.”