But Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw’s lecture didn’t convince officers from the Bluffton Police Department — who arrested her on charges of speeding, disregarding a stop sign, simple possession of marijuana, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After getting pulled over at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday near Bluffton and May River roads, where she was spotted speeding through a four-way stop sign, Cutshaw told cops she had had just two glasses of wine.
Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw was slurring her words, she smelled of alcohol and her eyes were “bloodshot and glossy” when a police officer pulled her over in her 2011 white Ford Fusion in the town of Bluffton during the early morning hours of Aug. 4, according to the incident report.
A blood alcohol test registered at .18 percent, twice the legal limit.
Cutshaw apologized for speeding and running the stop sign, telling him she was on her way to her boyfriend’s home after having a “couple” of glasses of wine at a nearby restaurant for her 33rd birthday. But when the officer advised her that she was under arrest for drunken driving, Cutshaw apparently listed multiple reasons why she shouldn’t be locked up.
She said she had graduated with honors from a “high accredited university,” was a cheerleader, a dancer and a sorority girl. She also repeatedly stated, “My partner is a cop,” according to the report.
“I’m a white, clean girl,” Cutshaw said, according to the report. “I’ve never been arrested, can’t you see that in your system?” Cutshaw says. “Can’t you see, I graduated from a really good university, I was almost valedictorian.”
“I don’t wanna know what it’s like,” she says about going to jail. “I’m a pretty girl. Please don’t make me go in there.” The police report indicated how surprised the officers were by the comments.