Plenty of people have tried to finagle their way out of a speeding ticket by offering an excuse to a police officer like “please, I really have to pee” or “I left the stove on!” But it takes somebody really entitled or incredibly intoxicated (or both) to try to tell the arresting officer she shouldn’t be taken into custody because she’s a “white girl.”
Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw of South Carolina was arrested by the Bluffton Police Department after she ran through a stop sign at 60 mph. She was charged with speeding, disregarding a stop sign, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving under the influence, according to the New York Post.
Cutshaw tried to persuade the officer not to arrest her because she’s a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl,” according to a police report. Cutshaw also told the officer that she had perfect grades through school, was a member of the National Honor Society, and was both a cheerleader and a member of a sorority. She added that her partner was a police officer as well.
The 32-year-old had told police she had two glasses of wine. When officers asked how much she filled the glasses, she said, “I mean I was celebrating my birthday,” according to the report. The woman will turn 33 on Thursday.
According to the report, Cutshaw said, “I’m a white, clean girl.” When questioned what that means, she said, “You’re a cop, you should know what that means.”
The officer wrote in the report: “Making statements such as these as a means to justify not being arrested are unusual in my experience as a law enforcement officer and I believe further demonstrate the suspect’s level of intoxication.”
Cutshaw reportedly had a 0.18 percent blood alcohol level after taking a breathalyzer test. The legal limit in South Carolina is 0.08 percent.
The woman was booked at the Beaufort County Detention Center and, as of Tuesday, is no longer in police custody, according to the New York Post.
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