A FORMER cheerleader begged police not to send her to prison for drink-driving because she was a white ‘throroughbred’ and a ‘pretty girl’.
Dashcam footage released by police shows Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw pleading with the officer who pulled her over in the US after spotting her speeding through a stop sign at 60mph.
Officers said the estate agent, 33, had glassy, bloodshot eyes and was slurring her words. After saying she had graduated from a ‘high accredited university’, she sobbed: ‘Please, I don’t want to know what it (prison) is like. I’m a pretty girl. Don’t make me go in there.’
Taken to the police station in Bluffton, South Carolina in handcuffs, she described herself as a white ‘thoroughbred’ and went on to say: ‘I’m a white, clean girl.’
The officer, who also is white, wrote in his arrest report: ‘I asked what that had to do with anything?’ She replied: ‘You’re a cop, you should know what that means,’ and, ‘you’re a cop, you should know based on the people that come in this room.’
Cutshaw repeatedly said her partner was a policeman and that she’d been trying to get to his house when she was pulled over on Saturday.
Asked how much she had drunk, Cutshaw claimed she had two glasses of wine at a restaurant while ‘celebrating my birthday’, which took place yesterday.
After another officer found marijuana and rolling papers in her Ford Fusion, she said she ‘may have’ smoked the drug earlier that evening, according to her arrest report.
She was taken into custody at Beaufort County Detention Center on charges including drink-driving, speeding and marijuana possession and later released on bail, according to local reports.
According to her LinkedIn page, Cutshaw has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University, where she was philanthropy chairman at the Delta Zeta sorority house.
The site indicates that Cutshaw was hired in June as a real estate adviser with Engel & Volkers Hilton Head in Bluffton. However, her name is no longer listed on the company’s website.
■ THE number of drink-drive deaths has reached a four-year high, figures show. The Department for Transport said 9,040 people were killed or injured on roads in 2016 in crashes where a driver was over the alcohol limit — with alcohol contributing to one in 20 road deaths. That was up seven per cent on 2015 and the highest since 2012. Joshua Harris, of road safety charity Brake, called for the alcohol limit to be cut from 80mg to 20mg per 100ml of blood.