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Nightfyre 06-30-2013 03:52 PM

Girl buys water, spends night in jail
I found this story interesting/entertaining.

Felony charges were dropped on Thursday against a 20-year-old University of Virginia student who says she panicked when undercover agents from the state's Alcohol Beverage Control division mistook her water purchase for beer.

According to Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress, the student, Elizabeth Daly, was walking to her car on April 11 at approximately 10:15 p.m. with a box of sparkling water, cookie dough and ice cream she had just bought from a local supermarket when the agents—six men and one woman, all in plainclothes—approached suspecting the box, a blue carton of LaCroix sparkling water, to be a 12-pack of beer. One jumped on the hood of her SUV; another pulled out a gun, Daly said, as her roommates seated inside looked on in horror.

"They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform," Daly wrote in an account submitted to the court. "I couldn't put my windows down unless I started my car, and when I started my car they began yelling to not move the car, not to start the car. They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were ... terrified."

Daly's roommate in the front passenger seat told her to "go, go, go"—and that's what she did, apparently "grazing" two of the agents in the process.

The students called 911 as they left the parking lot, police said, and were pulled over by another agent driving a vehicle with lights and sirens, Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney Dave Chapman told the paper.

Daly apologized when she realized who they were, Chapman said, but agents arrested Daly and charged her with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and one count of eluding police—each carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $2,500 in fines. She spent the night in Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

"This has been an extremely trying experience," Daly wrote. "It is something to this day I cannot understand or believe has come to this point."

Either can Chapman.

"It wouldn't be the right thing to do to prosecute this," he said.

Nonetheless, Chapman "stood by the agents' decision to file charges, citing faith in a process that yielded an appropriate resolution."

"You don't know all the facts until you complete the investigation," he said.
Is it common practice to draw a weapon on an underage person suspected of purchasing alcohol?

Chiefshrink 06-30-2013 03:54 PM

Barney and Gomer must have been on duty:shake:

Rain Man 06-30-2013 03:55 PM

I bet they get her for terrorism.

Hammock Parties 06-30-2013 03:55 PM

Great job, CrazyCoffey.

KC Tattoo 06-30-2013 03:58 PM

That is some bull shit if they get prosecuted.

threebag02 06-30-2013 03:59 PM

Ice Pirates

BigMeatballDave 06-30-2013 04:00 PM


threebag02 06-30-2013 04:01 PM

The prosecutions case won't hold water

Bwana 06-30-2013 04:01 PM

Cop clowns

GordonGekko 06-30-2013 04:02 PM

Lol, six men and one woman it took. Jeebus. And another squad car pulled her over a minute later. This seems very excessive. Remind me not to buy water in Charlottesville, Va if the time ever comes.

Bowser 06-30-2013 04:03 PM

Cops pull guns on people they think are underage buying alcohol?

Donger 06-30-2013 04:07 PM

This same story is in DC, BTW.

They aren't cops. They are ABC agents. She and her friend had just spent a few hours hearing about rape victim stories.

The agents were in plainclothes (they don't wear uniforms). They did show their badges. She already apologized and admitted she over-reacted.

The charges against her have been dropped.

Nightfyre 06-30-2013 04:09 PM

I assume 90% of the posters on this site are like me and avoid DC entirely due to the extreme levels of party-liners and stupidity, and therefore did not see this story.

Rain Man 06-30-2013 04:09 PM


Originally Posted by Bowser (Post 9785177)
Cops pull guns on people they think are underage buying alcohol?

In fairness, the kids I knew in high school who bought alcohol tended to be hoodlums who hit people in gym class and smoked behind the shop building at lunch.

Donger 06-30-2013 04:10 PM


Originally Posted by Nightfyre (Post 9785189)
I assume 90% of the posters on this site are like me and avoid DC entirely due to the extreme levels of party-liners and stupidity, and therefore did not see this story.

I wasn't complaining. Just stating a fact. The thread title is amusing, however:

"Welcome to Police State America"

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