Periscoping and Driving Under the Influence
Woman Broadcasts Herself Driving DrunkBy Calibre Press | Oct 13, 2015
Late last night, a 23 year-old woman broadcasted herself on Periscope as she was admittedly driving drunk.
For those that do not know, Periscope is an app that allows users to live stream video from their phone. (Here’s a great primer for law enforcement.)
The woman advised several times on Periscope that she was “drunk” and that she had a flat tire. Also, she mentioned several times that she had no idea where she was.
A few people who saw the live stream on Periscope called the police.
According to Lakeland PD, the department does not provide officers with access to Periscope as an authorized software tool and therefore they did not have the ability to monitor the driver’s actions. One officer took the initiative to use their personal account in an effort to locate the driver.
Once the vehicle was located, officers initiated a traffic stop. According to the officers her speech was slow, her eyes were bloodshot, and she seemed disoriented. She failed the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and refused a breathalyzer test. She was charged with DUI.
Periscope is growing in popularity among young adults. This event may be reason enough for departments to monitor the app.
Does your department have access to or monitor this app? Let us know in the comments section.
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