Many Missouri motorists might be alarmed at the story about a Florida woman who was living streaming herself driving drunk on Oct. 10. Lakeland police say that two 911 calls made them aware of the Periscope stream, which was shared worldwide.
During the drive, authorities say that the 23-year-old woman received numerous personal text and app messages to stop the car before someone got hurt. Speaking to police, one caller could only tell officers that she was traveling in north Lakeland in a Toyota.
Despite not having proper software training to find the driver, the police sergeant reports that a younger officer decided to download Periscope and create an account so that the department could monitor and locate her. While watching the stream, they could reportedly hear her saying that she was drunk and did not know where she was. Using landmarks visible in the video, the officers determined her location and that she was in a four-door Toyota Corolla with a front flat tire on the driver side.
When police found her, they allegedly saw her run into a curb, which allowed them to initiate a traffic stop. As they approached her vehicle, they reported smelling alcohol. After allegedly performing poorly during field sobriety tests and refusing a breath test, the officers took her into custody and charged her with DUI. Later, she was taken to Polk County Jail.
When authorities conduct a traffic stop, they must have probable cause to administer a breath test or field sobriety test as well as to charge the driver with DWI. The defendant could get help from a DWI defense attorney in demonstrating that there was no probable cause, which may result in the charge being dropped.
Source: USA Today, “Woman live-streams herself while ‘drunk’ driving,” Oct. 13, 2015