Lakeland Police arrested a woman for allegedly driving drunk while broadcasting on the social media app “Periscope” Saturday.
Police say they began receiving 911 calls from viewers of Periscope about a possible drunk driver.
Periscope is a live video streaming platform, (owned by Twitter). It allows you to video-record and broadcast to anywhere in the entire world.
Officials say as a result of the video being streamed worldwide, numerous text messages were sent to the driver asking her to stop driving before she killed someone or herself.
One 911 caller stated the woman late identified as 23-year-old Whitney Beall was driving in the north Lakeland area but he could not provide specific location as he was watching the streaming video live.
Police say the driver advised several times on Periscope that she was “drunk” and that she had a flat tire. The subject advised several times that she was unaware of where she was.
Investigators say as the caller was giving police dispatch the details from the video, the video was turned off several times and the caller was unable to provide a vehicle description other than it was a Toyota.
Officials say this made locating the intoxicated driver more difficult for officers searching the surrounding area and with nothing more to go on other than the make of the car.
Police say an officer took the initiative to utilize their personal account in an effort to locate the driver.
Based on what the officer could observe, and landmarks in the area from the streaming video, LPD officers located the driver eastbound on Carpenters Way.
At this time, she was driving a 2015 Toyota Corolla, 4-dr with a flat left front tire.
Police say her vehicle abruptly hit the south curb with the right front tire/wheel just as officer’s initiated a traffic stop.
Officers advised that the driver did not even brake after striking the curb.
Officers say that they smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from Beall, her speech was slow; her eyes were bloodshot and glossy.
Police say Bell appeared to be disoriented and failed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and she refused the breathalyzer test.
The Lakeland Police Department is extremely thankful that this did not result in an accident and no one was injured as a result of her poor decision.