Police: Woman live streams herself while driving drunk in Lakeland

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LAKELAND, Fla. - A woman used a live video-streaming platform to broadcast herself driving drunk on Saturday, according to the Lakeland Police Department.

Police said they received 911 calls from viewers of Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, about a possible drunken driver using the app to broadcast herself.

Periscope allows people to record video and broadcast it live, anywhere in the world.


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Authorities said that as a result of the live stream, numerous text messages were sent to Whitney Beall, 23, asking her to stop driving before she killed someone or herself.

One 911 caller said Beall was driving a Toyota in the north Lakeland area. He said he was watching the video live, but he could not provide a specific location.

“I just saw a girl on Periscope driving drunk. She doesn’t know where she is and she’s driving really fast,” said a 911 caller.

Authorities said Beall said several times on Periscope that she was drunk and that her car had a flat tire. Investigators also said Beall said she didn't know where she was.

“I haven’t been arrested yet, and I really don’t hope so,” she said in the video.

She then went on to say, “So where am I right now people?” and “We don’t give a (expletive) where the (expletive) we are and I’m drunk. I’m sorry guys.”

The Lakeland Police Department said it does not provide officers with access to Periscope as an authorized software tool, so they did not have the ability to monitor the driver's actions.

Lakeland doesn’t allow officer to download apps like Periscope on their work phones, but one officer used a personal account in an effort to locate Beall, police said.

Officers said they found Beall's 2015 Toyota Corolla with a flat tire on Carpenters Way.

Investigators said Beall hit a curb as an officer initiated a traffic stop, and she did not hit the brakes after striking the curb.

Officers said they smelled alcohol on Beall and she was disoriented. Officers said Beall's speech was slow and her eyes were bloodshot and glassy.

Beall failed standardized field sobriety tests and refused a Breathalyzer test, authorities said.

Beall was arrested on a DUI charge. She was booked into the Polk County Jail.