An ex-cheerleader whose drunken arrest was caught on video and went viral last year will avoid jail time after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge.
Lauren Cutshaw, 34, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI in August, according to court documents obtained by The Smoking Gun.
She has been fined $187 and must complete the state’s Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program, The Smoking Gun reported. As part of her plea agreement, prosecutors dropped several other charges against Cutshaw, including speeding, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.
After being pulled over last year for speeding through a stop sign, the South Carolina real estate agent begged an officer not to take her to jail because she was a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl,” according to a Bluffton Police Department report.
While in the back of a police cruiser, Cutshaw attempted to get out of the arrest.
“I don’t wanna know what it’s like,” she said, alluding to being locked up. “I’m a pretty girl. Please don’t make me go in there.”
She also told officers she was an “All-American cheerleader,” a former sorority girl and had almost been valedictorian of her school.
Lauren Cutshaw goes viral
An in-car audio and dash camera video released in August by the Bluffton Police Department went instantly viral.
For some, Cutshaw became the “poster child” for white privilege. Writing in the radically progressive outlet The Root, journalist Breanna Edwards celebrated Cutshaw’s arrest.
If white privilege is supposed to be pretend, how come Lauren Cutshaw doesn't think so?https://t.co/Snw13IWjhJ
— QBPurgatory (@FanOfNuance) August 9, 2018
Describing Cutshaw’s attempts to avoid jail, Edwards wrote: “We are pettily pleased to announce that she was arrested anyway.”