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DUI Suspect Tells Police Not To Arrest Her, Because She's A 'Clean, Thoroughbred, White Girl'

(CBS/AP) -- Police in South Carolina say a drunk driver caught speeding through a stop sign told officers they didn't need to arrest her, because she's a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl."

Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw, 32, was arrested early Saturday, and charged with drunk driving and drug possession.

Police said she was pulled over in Bluffton, South Carolina. Officers saw her eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and she was slurring her words. A Breathalyzer test later determined her blood-alcohol level was 0.18 percent, or more than twice the legal limit.

Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw
Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw, 32, allegedly told police there was no need to arrest her, because she's a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl." after she was caught speeding 60 mph through a stop sign in Bluffton, S.C. (Credit: Beaufort County Detention Center)

Cutshaw allegedly 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?" wrote the officer, who also is white.

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."

Also, "she repeatedly stated, 'my partner is a cop,'" and said she'd been trying to get to her boyfriend's house when she was pulled over early Saturday.

Cutshaw, a real estate agent, told the officer that she'd had two glasses of wine at an upscale restaurant.

How full were the wine glasses? "I mean I was celebrating my birthday," she replied.

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.

Cutshaw was jailed on charges including drunken driving, speeding, and marijuana possession; based in part on her own statements.

"Making statements such as these as a means to justify not being arrested are unusual in my experience as a law enforcement officer and I believe further demonstrate the suspect's level of intoxication," the officer wrote.

Messages left at the real estate firm she lists as her employer were not immediately returned.

Bluffton is a town of about 21,000 residents about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and near South Carolina's Hilton Head Island.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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