But officers with the Bluffton Police Department were unimpressed by Lauren Cutshaw’s supposed accolades and arrested her anyway for traffic violations and marijuana possession, just before 2am on Saturday.
According to an arrest report, Cutshaw, 32, was stopped on Boundary Street in Bluffton after she was observed going 30mph over the speed limit and blowing past a stop sign.
Cutshaw, who works as a real estate agent, told police she had only imbibed two glasses of wine. Pressed to specify how full were the glasses of wine, Cutshaw, who turns 33 on Thursday, replied, ‘I mean, I was celebrating my birthday.’
Cutshaw reportedly failed field sobriety tests and a Breathalyzer showed that her blood alcohol level was .18, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 in South Carolina.
The Island Packet, reports that Cutshaw then attempted to talk her way out of imminent arrest, telling the officers that she had perfect grades her whole life, she was a cheerleader and a sorority girl, she attended a ‘high accredited university’ and was a member of the National Honor Society,’ and she mentioned her partner is a police officer
The police arrest report stated that ‘clean, White, Sorority girl,’ Cutshaw, had bloodshot and glassy eyes, was slurring her speech and her car smelled of alcohol
Apparently desperate to avoid getting a jail cell, Cutshaw went on to include in her long list of her perceived accomplishments that she is a ‘white, clean girl.’
When an officer asked how that information was relevant to the matter at hand, she reportedly replied, ‘You’re a cop, you should know what that means.’
‘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 in the report.
Having failed to sway police, Custhaw was booked into the Beaufort County Detention Center on charges of driving under the influence, speeding, disregarding a stop sign, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
According to her LinkedIn page, Custhaw has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Louisiana State University, where she was philanthropy chairman at Delta Zeta sorority.
The networking site indicates that Cutshaw was hired in June as a real estate adviser with Engel & Volkers Hilton Head- Bluffton. Currently her name is no longer listed on the company’s site.