Crime & Public Safety

Dash cam video details ‘white, clean girl’s’ plea to Bluffton cops not to arrest her

The Bluffton Police Department has released dash cam footage detailing a Bluffton woman’s exchange with officers in which she asked not to be arrested because she was a “clean, thoroughbred, white girl.”

The woman’s story has gone viral since her arrest Aug. 4 and has been picked up by news organizations and web sites across the country and world.

While the woman’s name is being reported in outlets nationally, The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette do not name those charged with misdemeanor offenses unless the suspect holds a position of trust or authority in the community.

The story made national headlines in publications such as Vice, Buzzfeed, the Daily Mail, among other others.

The 32-year-old woman was charged early Saturday with driving under the influence, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, disregarding a stop sign and speeding.

The incident happened about 1:45 a.m. near the intersection of Bluffton and May River roads, the a police department report said.

Officers pulled the car over on Boundary Street after they watched it go through a four-way stop at 60 miles per hour, without stopping at the stop sign, the report said.

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The report said the woman’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy, she was slurring her words, and there was a smell of alcohol coming from the car.

She told officers she had only had two glasses of wine, but when officers asked how much she filled the glasses, she responded, “I mean I was celebrating my birthday,” the report said.

The woman failed sobriety tests and had a .18 percent blood alcohol level, according to a breathalyzer test, the report said.

While officers were investigating the woman, she listed reasons she shouldn’t be arrested:

she’s had perfect grades her whole life

she was a cheerleader

she was a sorority girl

her partner is a cop

she graduated from a “high accredited university”

she was in the National Honors Society.

She told officers, “I’m a white, clean girl,” and when they asked what they had to do with anything she said, “You’re a cop, you should know what that means,” according to the deputy’s written 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,” the officer wrote in the report.

The woman was booked into the Beaufort County Detention Center Aug. 4. She was released the same day, according to the jail log.

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