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Police officers said they learned about the woman’s behavior from her peers on the social media who called 911 to report a probable drunk driver that was broadcasting herself behind the wheel live. Police officers said that they never saw anything like that in their entire careers.
Twitter-owned Periscope is a video streaming and sharing service that allows you to broadcast live video content from your mobile phone. Shared videos can be viewed by users all around the world.
Because the woman’s video was available for everyone to see, her Periscope page was flooded with messages from concerned users that she may do herself harm or to somebody else. Dozens of users urged her to stop driving before something awful happened.
Sgt. Gary Gross, a spokesperson for LPD, said that the woman acknowledged in the video that she was drunk. He also added that the case quite shocked him since after three decades of law enforcement he had never seen anything like it before.
A 911 operator told police that she received a call from a Periscope user telling her that there was a drunken woman on public roads in the north Lakeland area. The caller couldn’t be more specific with the woman’s locations because the driver said that he she had no idea where she was.
In her streaming video, Whitney Beall, 23, repeatedly told her live audience that she was “drunk” and “f***ing drunk,” and that she had no idea where she was exactly. She also said that her car had a flat tire.
As the 911 caller was redirected to police dispatch, the woman turned on and off the live streaming session several times. The man who reported the DUI couldn’t tell more about the woman’s car except that it was a Toyota racing in the north Lakeland area, making it harder for police officers in the area to detect the driver.
LPD computer systems do not allow police officers to access sites such as Periscope, so they couldn’t see the live broadcast while it was being streamed. A police officer downloaded the app on his mobile phone and was able to watch the woman’s video.
From the video, police officers were able to detect landmarks in the area and were able to locate the female driver. They learned that the woman did had a flat front tire.
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