RECKLESS BEHAVIOUR: A photo, taken by Polk County Sheriff's Office, shows Whitney Beall arrested for drunk driving. Image: AP / Polk County Sheriff's Office
Lakeland, Florida - "I'm so drunk," a Florida driver repeatedly told followers on the social media app Periscope, staring at her cellphone's camera, mounted on the dashboard, before she is arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
The Lakeland Police Department released video from the app Tuesday, after the arrest from the weekend made national headlines. In the video, a glossy-eyed-Whitney Beall said that she thinks she's blown a tire and that she's driving very slowly.
'I'm super drunk right now'
Assuming a tone halfway between bemusement and a realization that what she is doing is wrong, she said, "I'm f**king 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."
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At one point, the 23-year-old woman said she turned right when she meant to go left.
Parked at a red light, she told her followers to send her any messages and expressed surprise when she saw 57 people were following her. She said one follower told her to keep her eyes on the road.
She said: "I can't even believe I'm Periscoping right now. I'm not even paying attention to the driving. ... Please supervise me right now because I'm driving super drunk right now."
Other Periscope users urged her to stop driving. Some called the police.
She said at one point: "Let's see if I can make it all the way home, people, without a ticket."
She would not be so lucky. An officer logged onto Periscope and located Beall's car.
Officers said Beall failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test. She was released on $500 bail.