DUI Driver Streams Herself Saying She’s Drunk, Gets Arrested

Whitney Beall at the Police Headquarters 1 photo
Photo: AP
When I was in High School, there was this line you’d often hear at parties. “If you’re drunk, don’t be stupid. If you’re stupid, don’t be drunk.” I thought it was just a mean thing seniors would say to bully youngsters, but it turns out they were serious. Obviously, nobody gave that advice to this 23-year-old driver from Florida.
She kept saying how drunk she was in front of her smartphone that was sitting on her vehicle’s dashboard. The problem is, she was on Periscope while doing so, which means all the other users were seeing her live stream while she was driving drunk.

The Lakeland Police Department released the video from the app Tuesday, after the arrest in the weekend made national headlines - AP reports. You can see a glossy-eyed-Whitney Beall saying she thinks she’s blown a tire and that she’s driving very slowly. Believe it or not, the reason she kept saying she was drunk was, in fact, fear.

Not only did she get a flat tire, but she appeared to be driving in a bad neighborhood while being under the influence. Here’s how her post went on: “I’m f***** drunk and this is horrible. All the way home people, I’m going to be drunk, I’m super drunk right now, in a place I really don’t want to be in.”

As you all know, Periscope is a live video streaming app that everybody can access. In fact, on August 12, it was announced that Periscope had surpassed 10 million accounts, just four months after launch. It was noted that over 40 years of video was being watched per day. Beall seems to have missed that part, and she also appears to have ignored that some people may, in fact, turn her in.

While some advised she better stopped driving, others called the police. “Let’s see if I can make it all the way home, people, without a ticket,” she said at one point. Guess it didn’t work out, especially since an officer logged onto the app and located her car.

It's a shame

We’ve seen drivers acting a lot stupidly before, but we just think it’s a pity that it has come to these sort of foolish actions on Periscope. Kayvon Beykpour and Joe Bernstein were clearly thinking of something else when they developed the app back in 2013. As a matter of fact, the idea came when Beykpour, who was in Istanbul when protests broke out in Taksim Square, realized there’s no way people could live stream what was happening there.
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