Too Pretty to Jail: “Thoroughbred” Girl Detained for Drunk Driving, Speeding and Marijuana Possession
BLUFFTON, GEORGIA – August 10, 2018
A woman seen speeding through a stop sign at 60 mph told officers they shouldn’t arrest her because she’s a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl,” police said.
It happened in Bluffton, a town of about 21,000 residents about 20 miles northeast of Savannah, Georgia.
Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw, 32, was pulled over, her eyes glassy and bloodshot, her speech and thinking disorganized to the point of incoherence. A breathalyzer showed her blood-alcohol level at 0.18 percent, according to police in Bluffton, South Carolina.
Nevertheless, Cutshaw attempted to play it straight and confidently and told the arresting officer she had perfectly good reasons why she should not be arrested. These reasons were: she was a cheerleader, a dancer and a sorority girl who graduated from a “highly accredited university.” Her partner is a cop and she was too pretty to be handcuffed.
Police officers, however, found these arguments irrelevant, handcuffed her and taken her to the police station, where she described herself as a “thoroughbred” and went on to say ‘I’m a white, clean girl,’” the officer wrote in his report.
Cutshaw, a real estate agent, told the officer that she’d had two glasses of wine at an upscale restaurant.
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.