A University of Virginia sorority sister is filing a lawsuit against the state of Virginia after a run-in with Alcoholic Beverage Control officials got her arrested and put in jail. The young woman claims she was detained at gunpoint, arrested and jailed overnight when the officials believed she had a beer.
Elizabeth Daly, 20, alleges that last spring she was detained at gunpoint by seven Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) officials. She goes on to reveal that she was arrested and spent the night at the Albermarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail in Charlottesville, Va.
Daly claims that the ABC authorities thought she had a beer in her hand when in actuality all she had was water.
The Charlottesville Daily Progress reported that the incident occurred on April 11, 2013. Daly wrote in a statement that the ABC agents “were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform.”
“I couldn’t put my windows down unless I started my car, and when I started my car they began yelling to not move the car, not to start the car. They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were terrified.”
Elizabeth Daly was charged with eluding police and assaulting an officer however they have since been dropped. The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control rep Kathleen Shaw commented on the incident.
Shaw stated that the first agent to approach Daly “identified herself as a police officer and was displaying her badge. Other agents did not join the incident until the subject refused to cooperate.”
“Rather than comply with the officers’ requests, the subject drove off, striking two officers. She was not arrested for possessing bottled water, but for running from police and striking two of them with a vehicle.”
Elizabeth Daly stated that the incident has been “an extremely trying experience” and “is something to this day I cannot understand or believe has come to this point.”
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