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Video: Fla. woman records herself drunk driving, gets DUI

An officer determined her location from her live-steamed video, tracked her down and charged her with a DUI


Tampa Tribune

LAKELAND, Fla. — A woman who streamed live video of herself driving drunk around Lakeland on Saturday faces DUI charges after an officer determined her location and tracked her down, police said.

The Lakeland Police Department began receiving 911 calls soon after Whitney Marie Beall, 23, began broadcasting her video on Periscope, a live video streaming platform owned by Twitter, police said.

In the video, which could be viewed by anyone on Twitter, Beall is heard slurring her words and telling viewers how drunk she is and that she is completely lost.

A Lakeland police officer used a personal Twitter account to determine Beall’s location, based on landmarks in the area. She was driving a 2015 Toyota Corolla with a flat left front tire and as officers tried to pull her over on Carpenters Way, she hit the south curb with her right front tire, police said.

Beall continued on without breaking before pulling over in the 1000 block of Carpenters Way.

Beall smelled of alcohol, spoke slowly and her eyes were bloodshot and glossy, police said.

She also seemed disoriented and failed a sobriety test, police said.

She refused a breath test to determine her blood-alcohol level and was booked into the Polk County Jail on DUI charges.

Copyright 2015 the Tampa Tribune

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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