Crime A woman told police she's a 'thoroughbred, white girl' as she tried to avoid jail for DUI

06:06  09 august  2018
06:06  09 august  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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A woman told police she ' s a ' thoroughbred , white girl ' as she tried to avoid jail for DUI . Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw gave police a number of reasons why she shouldn't be jailed . She allegedly used her race, intelligence and cleanliness as reasons.

She allegedly told officers that she only had two glasses of wine. When police asked how much she filled up those glasses, she responded, “I mean, I was celebrating my birthday.” “I’m a very clean, thoroughbred white girl ,” she said, adding: “I’m a white , clean girl .”

a person smiling for the camera: This photo provided by Beaufort County Detention Center shows Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw. Police in South Carolina say Cutshaw speed through a stop sign at 60 mph (97 kph) told officers there was no need to arrest her, because she's a © Beaufort County Detention Center via AP This photo provided by Beaufort County Detention Center shows Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw. Police in South Carolina say Cutshaw speed through a stop sign at 60 mph (97 kph) told officers there was no need to arrest her, because she's a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl."

South Carolina police say a woman who sped through a stop sign and was slurring her words allegedly used her race, intelligence and cleanliness as reasons she didn't belong in jail.

Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw, 32, was charged with a number offenses, including drunken driving, speeding and marijuana possession, after an early Saturday traffic stop in Bluffton, South Carolina.

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A woman seen speeding through a stop sign at 60 mph (97 kph) told officers they shouldn't arrest her because she ' s a "very clean, thoroughbred , white girl ," police said. Her eyes glassy and bloodshot, Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw was slurring her words and a Breathalyzer showed her

A South Carolina woman who was caught speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol told police officers that she shouldn’t be arrested because she is a “very clean, thoroughbred white girl ”.

Police say a Breathalyzer test showed Cutshaw's blood-alcohol level at 0.18 percent. A person is considered impaired if their BAC is .08 percent or higher, according to South Carolina law.

During the course of the arrest, Cutshaw gave a number of reasons why she shouldn't be jailed, some of which were used as evidence of her intoxication, according to police records obtained by the Associated Press and the Island Packet.

Among the statements Cutshaw made to police:

  • She is a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl."
  • She was a cheerleader and in a sorority.
  • Her partner is a police officer.
  • She had good grades, was in the National Honor Society and graduated from a "high accredited university."

At the police station, Cutshaw allegedly used her race and cleanliness as a reason she didn't belong in jail. An officer, who was also white, questioned why that would matter.

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ATLANTA (AP) — A woman seen speeding through a stop sign at 60 mph (97 kph) told officers they shouldn’t arrest her because she ’ s a “very clean, thoroughbred , white girl ,” police said. Her eyes glossy and bloodshot

ATLANTA – A woman seen speeding through a stop sign at 60 mph (97 kph) told officers they shouldn't arrest her because she ' s a "very clean, thoroughbred , white girl ," police said. Her eyes glossy and bloodshot

Cutshaw reportedly replied, "You're a cop, you should know what that means." She also said the officer should know her meaning "based on the people that come in this room."

A dashcam video of the arrest shows Cutshaw begging not to be jailed and calling herself a "pretty girl," according to the New York Post. In the video she also expressed worry that the arrest would "ruin her career.”

Cutshaw told police she drank two glasses of wine. When asked how full the glasses of wine were, she reportedly replied, "I mean I was celebrating my birthday."

During the arrest, police say they also found marijuana and rolling papers in her car, and Cutshaw admitted she "may have" smoked earlier.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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