A VAIN drink-driver who told cops she was “too pretty” to go to prison has avoided being caged.
Instead, former “all-American cheerleader” Lauren Cutshaw must take part in an alcohol and drug safety programme, after admitting a drink-driving charge.
She was nabbed in August last year in South Carolina, after being seen speeding through a stop sign at 60mph (97 kph).
The 34-year-old estate agent told officers they shouldn’t arrest her because she’s a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl,” police said at the time.
Her eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and Cutshaw was slurring her words.
A Breathalyzer test revealed that her blood-alcohol level was 0.18 per cent, police in Bluffton, South Carolina said.
Cutshaw told the arresting officer she shouldn’t be jailed because she was a cheerleader, a dancer and a sorority girl who graduated from a “high accredited university”.
Taken to the police station in handcuffs, she described herself as a white “thoroughbred” and “went on to say ‘I’m a white, clean girl,’” the officer wrote in his report.
“I asked what that had to do with anything?” the cop recorded at the time.
Lauren Cutshaw stood in the rain as she was quizzed by the officer in dashcam footage[/caption]
Cutshaw replied, “you’re a cop, you should know what that means,” before telling him “my partner is a cop”.
In dashcam footage from the police car, Cutshaw could be heard rattling off reasons why she shouldn’t be arrested.
She said: “Please, I don’t want to go to jail. I don’t want to know what it’s like … I’m a pretty girl. Don’t make me go in there.”
A tearful Cutshaw ran through a litany of other reasons why she deserved to be let off the hook.
Cutshaw said she had been trying to get to her boyfriend’s house when she was pulled over, and that she’d drunk two glasses of wine at an upscale restaurant.
When asked how big the glasses were Cutshaw said: “I mean I was celebrating my birthday”.
After another officer found marijuana and rolling papers in her Ford Fusion, she said she “may have” smoked pot earlier that evening as well, the report said.
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The Smoking Gun says that Cutshaw pleaded guilty to a drunk-driving charge at Bluffton Municipal Court.
The website reports that prosecutors dropped several other charges against her, including speeding, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) with a blood alcohol content of .16 or higher.
Apart from being ordered to complete South Carolina’s drug and alcohol safety course, Cutshaw was also told to pay £150 ($187) in fines and court costs.
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