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Woman streams alleged drunk driving episode

Californians may have heard about the recent case in which a young woman allegedly drove drunk while broadcasting it over the internet via a social media app. The incident reportedly occurred in Lakeland, Florida, on Oct. 9 and resulted in the detention of the 23-year-old woman.

According to reports, the woman began broadcasting herself making statements about not knowing where she was. She also reportedly made statements saying that she was drunk and had a flat tire. She was using Periscope, a social media app that she had downloaded to her phone. Viewers of her stream reportedly sent messages to her asking her to pull over and to stop driving. At least one viewer called 911, and the dispatcher reportedly did not know what Periscope was.

The Lakeland Police Department stated that a younger officer was able to download the app and then use it to track the woman's location via landmarks he saw on her stream. The officer pulled her over and claimed to smell a strong odor of alcohol. He also alleged that she hit the curb in front of him and had a flat tire. The woman reportedly refused to take any roadside tests, and she was taken into custody.

Drunk driving consequences may be potentially serious and include jail time, fines, probation, mandatory treatment and the loss of driving privileges. People who are charged with drunk driving may want to obtain the assistance of a criminal defense attorney in constructing a strategy that can be used before or at the trial. The attorney can in some cases challenge the constitutionality of the stop of a vehicle or the manner in which the sobriety tests were conducted.

Source: The Huffington Post, "DUI suspect broadcasts her wild ride on Periscope: Police," David Moye, Oct. 12, 2015.

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