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Officers use social media app to find woman

People in South Carolina might have heard about the recent case in Florida in which a young woman reportedly streamed herself over the Internet while allegedly driving drunk. According to law enforcement authorities, the incident occurred on Oct. 10 in Lakeland, Florida.

According to reports, the woman used a social media app called Periscope on her cellphone. With the app, she allegedly filmed herself and broadcast it across the Internet. The video shows the woman saying several times that she is drunk and that she doesn't know where she is.

People who saw the streaming video called 911 to report the woman was still driving and filming herself doing so. One of the law enforcement officers was able to download the app to his personal cellphone. The police then watched the live stream and noted landmarks so they could find her. After tracking her down, she reportedly hit a curb in front of an officer before being stopped. Police claim that she refused testing but that she smelled strongly of alcohol. The woman's car also reportedly had a flat tire. She was taken into custody.

A person who has bee charged with drunk driving may need the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. The law treats DUI cases very seriously, and a person who is convicted as charged may face jail time, substantial fines and mandatory treatment. A conviction may also mean the loss of driving privileges for an extended period of time. An attorney may be able to negotiate a guilty plea to a lesser charge on behalf of such a client , which could result in the more serious charge being dropped and the penalty being reduced.

Source: USA Today, "Woman live-streams herself while 'drunk' driving," Garin Flowers, Oct. 13, 2015.

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