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Periscope User Whitney Beall Sentenced for 'Driving Home Drunk'

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Prosecutors made sure the punishment was harsher than usual for a Florida woman who streamed live video of herself driving drunk last fall.

Assistant State Attorney Lori Winstead says 24-year-old Whitney Beall pleaded no contest last week to driving under the influence.

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Beall used the Periscope mobile app to live-stream her drunken drive after a night of partying in October.

"I'm driving home drunk — let's see if I get a DUI," she said into her phone's camera while behind the wheel. "Driving drunk is not cool."

Other drivers could be heard honking their horns, and at one point Beall expressed her surprise at how many viewers were watching her video. "Oh my God, I didn't realize I'd get this many people," she said. "I am super drunk in the USA and the light is red."

Lakeland police pulled her over after concerned users on Periscope called 911. An officer logged onto Periscope and located Beall's car. Officers say Beall failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breath test.

Beall received a six-month license suspension, 10 days of vehicle impoundment and 12 months' probation — all common for a first-time DUI.

Winstead said Beall also received 150 hours of community service and 10 days of weekend work release because she flaunted her endangering the community.

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