Lakeland, FL – A 23-year-old Lakeland, Fla., woman was arrested after police say she live-streamed her drunken driving on the social media app Periscope.
Whitney Beall told viewers of her live-stream that she was “drunk,” “[expletive] drunk” and had a flat tire. She also said she was driving on I-4 but didn’t know where she was. She was not driving on I-4 at the time.
“I really hope I don’t get a DUI,” she says right before she hit a sign in a median. Lakeland police eventually caught up to her by watching her on Periscope and identifying landmark putting hero eastbound on Carpenter’s Way. She was driving a Toyota Corolla with a flat front left tire.
“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,” police said.
Beall failed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and she refused the breathalyzer test. Beall was arrested by Officer Mike Kellner and charged with DUI. She was later transported to the Polk County Jail.
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.