A drunk woman who allegedly blew through a stop sign at 30 mph over the posted speed limit told officers they didn’t need to arrest her because she was a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl.”
Lauren Cutshaw was going 60 mph in a 30 mph zone in Bluffton on Saturday when she failed to even slow down for an intersection with a four-way stop, The Herald-Palladium reported.
Cutshaw, 32, was stopped by Bluffton police officers at about 1:45 a.m. on Aug. 4, according to The Island Packet.
The police report said Cutshaw’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy, and she slurred her words. Officers also smelled liquor coming from the car, according to The Island Packet.
The woman told police she had only had two glasses of wine. But when officers asked her how much wine she had put in the glasses, she replied “I mean I was celebrating my birthday.”
Cutshaw, a real estate agent, performed poorly on sobriety tests and then blew a .18 percent on breath test, according to the police report.
But she explained to the officers that there was no need to arrest her because “I’m a white, clean girl.”
Cutshaw claimed she’d had perfect grades her whole life, she’d been a cheerleader and a sorority girl, she graduated from a “high-accredited university,” and she was in the National Honor Society, according to The Island Packet.
She also told officers that her boyfriend was a cop and said she was trying to get to his house when they stopped her, according to the Herald-Palladium.
Officers asked what that information had to do with anything.
“You’re a cop, you should know what that means,” Cutshaw replied, according to The Island Packet.
Officers found marijuana and rolling papers in Cutshaw’s car, and she admitted she “may have” smoked pot earlier in the evening, the Herald-Palladium reported.
Despite her enthusiastic arguments to the contrary, Cutshaw was arrested and taken to jail.
She was booked on charges of driving under the influence, speeding, disregarding a stop sign, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to The Island Packet.
“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 observed in the police report.
In other crime news, a fugitive was shot by an Oxnard police officer on Sunday when the suspect attacked the officer and tried to take his gun (video below).
The incident happened July 29 at around 7:21 p.m. when Officer Daniel Oncea was patrolling the area of 1301 E. Ventura Blvd, according to Ventura County Star.
Officer Oncea spotted Joel Tapia, Jr., 30, and knew that Tapia had several outstanding warrants involving felony resisting arrest, shoplifting, DUI, and drug offenses.
Tapia had been released on his own recognizance from those prior arrests, but had failed to appear in court.
Officer Oncea stopped his patrol car and attempted to take Tapia into custody on his outstanding warrants.
Tapia resisted arrest, leading to a 2 1/2 minute ground fight as bystanders gathered and recorded on their cell phones and yelled. It’s not clear in the video who the bystanders are yelling at.
Near the end of the fight, Tapia was able to get on top of the officer and grab for his gun. Just when it appeared that Tapia would successfully disarm the officer, Officer Oncea was able to fire a shot, striking Tapia in the left forearm.
After he was shot, Tapia took off running. The officer pursued him on foot to a mobile home where the suspect barricaded.
The SWAT team arrived with an armored vehicle and a fur missile and took Tapia into custody.
Officer Oncea was transported to the hospital, treated for his injuries, and was released later that night.
Tapia was taken to the hospital where his gunshot wound was treated before he was booked into the Ventura County Jail.
At his arraignment, Tapia was charged with the felonies of forcefully resisting arrest, battery causing injury to a police officer and attempting to take an officer’s firearm.
His bail has been set at $1.025 million, according to Ventura County Star. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 8 years in prison. He entered a plea of not guilty.
The fight and shooting was captured on surveillance video. You can see the video below:
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 9th, 2018