On the Periscope website, the company says its app allows users to discover “the world through someone else’s eyes.” The application allows people to share with the world (or their friends) live video of whatever they’re doing, from hot air ballooning to mountain climbing to walking on a beach.
Denver’s KMGH-TV reports that one user decided this past weekend to push the envelope. She streamed live video of her Saturday night that apparently included drunken driving. Viewers watched and listened as she said she was driving drunk, visited bars and apparently drank alcohol while motoring around Lakeland, Florida. Alerted by concerned viewers, police used her live video to track her down. Soon after finding her pulled over with a flat tire, police arrested the 23-year-old for DUI.
“A picture may be worth a thousand words,” Periscope says, “but live video can take you someplace and show you around.” The Twitter-owned company might not have envisioned misadventures of the sort shared by the woman, but its app certainly showed viewers around.
Judging by news accounts of her bad night, viewers did not get to see the woman taking and failing a sobriety test or her refusal to take a breath test.
As you know, a person can refuse to take a test here in Colorado as well, but that refusal typically results in a one-year driver’s license suspension. You can also be ordered to attend alcohol education, required to have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle (at your expense) and be required to file an SR-22 with the state.
The SR-22 ensures that your auto insurance company will notify the Motor Vehicle Division if you cancel your insurance. If you cancel it while it’s required, your license will be suspended.
If the woman had been arrested here in Colorado, it would make a lot of sense for her to contact a Denver DUI attorney who knows how to help people who have made mistakes to avoid the worst sanctions of the law.