Let's count the things that don't mix with driving. First, there's drinking. Drinking and driving kills nearly 10,000 people each year, and rightfully gets you in a lot of trouble if you're caught.
Second, there's your smartphone. You could be making phone calls, sending texts, taking selfies, posting to social media, or even live-streaming what you're doing. Each of those distracts you from the road for long seconds when anything can happen. It's no wonder that 1 in 4 vehicle crashes involve a cellphone.
The fact that this woman didn't kill someone while both (allegedly) drunk and using a smartphone while driving is a miracle. Just as unbelievable is how she got caught.
After a night out of drinking and broadcasting the event live on Periscope, a free live video broadcasting app that's taking the world by storm, Whitney Marie Beall decided to live stream herself attempting to drive home while still apparently drunk. In the video she asks her viewers, "Where am I right now?" and states "I am really drunk" and "This is horrible, guys." She also told her 50+ viewers that she thought she might have been driving on a flat tire.
Shortly after that, a handful of her viewers called police. According to CNN, police officers quickly downloaded the app to view the stream, were able to determine her location and pull her over, just as she hit a curb. Police say she was, in fact, driving with a flat tire, refused to take a breathalyzer test, appeared disoriented and was then arrested for driving under the influence.
Her attorney told CNN affiliate WFLA, "She is a young professional with a bright future. When her court date is set, I will be entering a plea on her behalf of not guilty. ... I'll be investigating the case and that starts now. I am waiting to see all the evidence, and I will take a look at it."
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