A woman in South Carolina who pleaded with officers that she was “too pretty” to go to jail for a drunk driving charge has been spared a prison sentence after striking a controversial plea deal. 34-year-old Lauren Cutshaw, a local real estate agent, was stopped near the town of Bluffton after running a stop sign at 60 miles per hour, and was found to be more than double the legal limit.
Despite the incriminating circumstances surrounding her arrest, including evidence of marijuana use, Cutshaw made a series of outrageous statements to police. At the time of the arrest, she told officers that she was “a very clean, thoroughbred, white girl” and “I'm a white, clean girl”. She also insisted that she’d only had two glasses of wine, despite a blood alcohol reading that registered .18.
Even though the arresting officers were, as expected, unsympathetic to Cutshaw’s pleas, she continued to make a series of unusual and irrelevant statements. According to dashcam footage captured at the time of the incident, she told officers:
"I was an all American cheerleader. I mean, I didn't miss a beat my whole life. Please I've never been arrested, I've never been to jail, please,. I don't wanna know what it's like I don't wanna know what it's like. I'm a pretty girl, please don't make me go in there."
Her requests continued to fall on deaf ears when she arrived at the police station, where she made the statements related to her race and allegedly added, "You're a cop - you should know what that means... you should know that based upon people that come into this room."In other news, shocking video shows pregnant woman give birth alone in jail cell:
However, despite the unusual circumstances, Cutshaw seems to have escaped relatively lightly. Reports suggest that Cutshaw has paid a $187 fine, after eventually admitting to the drink driving charge. She must also complete the South Carolina Alcohol and Drug Safety programme as part of her rehabilitation efforts.