Undercover cops in Virginia were watching as 20 year old college student, Elizabeth Daly, left a supermarket carrying cookie dough, ice cream, and a 12 pack. This was a travesty! A college student not even 21 years old was going to partake in “demon rum.” This will be the major ‘bust of a lifetime.’
The seven, yes, I said seven, undercover agents, who were from Virginia’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) division, approached Ms. Daly’s vehicle, where she was sitting with her roommates. Ms. Daly claims that one of the men jumped on the hood of her car, while one pulled a gun. (She should have expected it. She was the perpetrator of a major crime.) She said she became frightened, and drove away.
“They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform,” Daly wrote in an account submitted to the court.
“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,” she added. “They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were … terrified.”
She said one of her roommates yelled, “go, go, go,” and allegedly grazed two of the undercover officers. As they were pulling out of the parking lot, they called 911 and reported the incident. They were immediately pulled over by a marked police car with lights flashing, and siren blaring, said Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney Dave Chapman told the Charlottesville Daily Progress.
When Ms. Daly was told who the officers were, she apologized profusely. The 12 pack turned out to be sparkling water. Nevertheless, she was charged with ‘assaulting an officer, and one count of ‘eluding the police.’ Each count carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $2,500 fine.
The state ABC defended its officers, saying Ms. Daly had acted inappropriately.
“Other agents did not join the incident until the subject refused to cooperate,” the ABC said in a statement published by USA TODAY. “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.”
Ms. Daly spent the night in jail. She described the episode as “an extremely trying experience.” All charges were dropped when her written account of the incident matched the actual events.
Ms. Daly said she still fails to comprehend why there was so much drama. She had purchased the ice cream, cookie dough, and water for a school event. She said she has never tasted any type of alcohol.
“It is something to this day I cannot understand or believe has come to this point,” she said.
Who knew that water could possibly put someone in prison for five years?
Alfred James reporting