Florida woman gets DUI after broadcasting herself drunk driving

Whitney Beall
Whitney Beall (Courtesy: WFLA)

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) –A Florida woman used the live-video broadcasting app Periscope to show off her heavy partying Friday night, and then narrated her drunken drive home.

The bizarre night landed 23-year-old Whitney Beall in jail.

Beal broadcasted multiple videos throughout the night, but they stopped once Lakeland police pulled up behind her.

Surprisingly, Beall did not hurt herself or anyone else through the allegedly drunken ride.

Lakeland police Sgt. Gary Gross said Beall failed a sobriety test and was obviously drunk because of her slurred speech, glossy eyes and overall fogginess.

But on her videos, with titles like “Drunk Girl Driving,” Beall made it clear she was drunk on her own.

“I’m driving home drunk. Let’s see if I get a DUI,” she said on a video.

Earlier in the night, she let her Periscope followers virtually join in the wild bar-hopping in downtown Lakeland.

“Let’s have fun! Let’s have fun!” she screamed to the camera.

Afterward, they watched her get behind the wheel after admittedly drinking far too many.

“I am drunk on South Florida Avenue because I’m a drunk person,” Beall said on Periscope.

She headed the opposite way of her home and got a few honks when she wouldn’t go at a green light.

“Driving drunk is not cool,” she said, as drivers honk behind her.

This all unfolded as dozens of people around the world witnessed what could turn tragic any second.

“Fifty seven people; oh I didn’t’ know I’d get this many people,” Beall said, noticing how many viewers were watching her drive. “I am super drunk in the USA and the light is red.”

Thankfully, two of those viewers dialed 911 and not only reported it, but explained the app that could help police track her down.

“Within minutes, we found her driving, flat front tire, she hit the curb again and it was just obvious from that she was intoxicated,” Sgt. Gary Gross said. “She went through the tests, she failed, and went to jail.”

On Monday, Beall became camera shy when WFLA gave her a chance to face the world again. She was surprised that people would now learn “Drunk Girl Driving” ended exactly how she feared.

“Let’s see if I can do it all the way home without a ticket,” she was heard on the video.

Once police downloaded the app, they were able to start viewing Beall’s live broadcast themselves.

They noticed landmarks in the background of her video and then found her in North Lakeland.

About 20 minutes after the 911 call, she was arrested. Outside her home Monday, Beall said what happened was a big mistake and she was learning her lesson.

Her mother added they are hiring an attorney.

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