Last October, Whitney Beall, 23, spent a night bar hopping in Downtown Lakeland, which is just north of Tampa. She used the app Periscope to live stream her night of partying.
“I’m driving home drunk, let’s see if I get a DUI,” Beall said on a video.
“Let’s have fun! Let’s have fun!” she screamed to the camera. Her Periscope followers watched as Beall got 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.
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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,” she said.
Two of Bealls’ Periscope viewers called 911 to report her. They also explained to dispatchers how the app 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,” Lakeland Police Department Sgt. Gary Gross said.
“She went through the tests, she failed and went to jail,” Gross said.
Last week, Beall made a plea deal in court and received a standard sentence for a first time DUI offense, according to Assistant State Attorney Lori Winstead told ABC News. The terms of the plea deal were standard for a first DUI offense, Winstead said, meaning 12 months of probation, alcohol evaluation and treatment, a 10-day vehicle impound, six months driver’s license suspension, as well as no alcohol and no bars.
Beall also received an enhanced sentence because of “publicly flaunting her disregard for the safety of the community,” Winstead said, referencing the live-streaming on Periscope. So she was also sentenced to 150 hours of community service and 10 days of weekend work release.
Neither Beall nor her attorney has responded to a request for comment.