Felony Charges, Jail for Student Who Bought Water

20-year-old woman panicked when plainclothes agents surrounded her at night

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 29, 2013 12:28 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Don't mess with agents from Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control. A UVA student learned that the hard way after spending a night in jail and getting charged with three felonies—after buying bottled water, ice cream, and cookie dough, reports the Daily Progress of Charlottesville. The trouble began when several plainclothes agents mistook Elizabeth Daly's water for booze and surrounded her car in a supermarket parking lot. The 20-year-old student—who was just at a campus vigil on violence against women—says one agent jumped on the hood and another pulled a gun. Her panicked roommate screamed at her to drive away, and she did.

As they left the parking lot, the women called 911 to report what has happening and ask if the stop was legit. By then, the ABC agents had gotten into their car and pulled her over, lights flashing. Daly apologized, then spent the night in jail. Luckily for her, the local Commonwealth attorney quickly dropped the charges of assaulting an officer (she apparently grazed two of them driving away) and eluding arrest. "It wouldn't be the right thing to do to prosecute this," he says. See the full story.

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