The story of the Florida woman who was reportedly live streaming herself as she drove drunk on Oct. 10 has received widespread publicity in Illinois and around the country. The woman, who was identified as a 23-year-old, was taken into custody after authorities used Periscope to track down her whereabouts.
According to a spokesperson, a 911 caller alerted the authorities to the video. The caller was able to tell the authorities that the driver was in north Lakeland through what the driver was allegedly saying, but he could not provide the exact location. He stated that she repeatedly told viewers that she was under the influence and that her vehicle had a flat tire. However, authorities initially did not have access to Periscope so they could not keep track of her actions.
Finally, one officer was able to sign up for Periscope using his own information. He was reportedly able to get a description of her vehicle. Authorities were then reportedly able to conduct a traffic stop and conduct a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer. She was then reportedly charged with DUI before being taken to Polk County Jail.
People who have been accused of drunk driving can face severe consequences if convicted, including fines, incarceration and the suspension of driving privileges. A criminal defense attorney will determine how to challenge the charges depending on the situation surrounding the case. For example, if there is evidence that the breathalyzer was not properly calibrated or the field sobriety test was not properly conducted, the attorney may seek to have the evidence be thrown out, which could potentially result in a dismissal of the charges.
Source: USA Today, “Woman live-streams herself while ‘drunk’ driving“, Oct. 13, 2015