BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA: A 34-year-old former cheerleader who had tried to avoid getting arrested for drunk driving in August by telling police officers that she was a "very clean, thoroughbred, white girl" pleaded guilty on Tuesday, September 17.
Lauren Cutshaw, who is currently a licensed real estate agent, had a misdemeanor DUI count in connection with her arrest on August 27 in Bluffton, South Carolina. After being pulled over at 1.45 am for speeding through a stop sign at 60 mph, she had provided officers a host of reasons as to why she should not be arrested, a Bluffton Police Department report said.
"I'm a very clean, thoroughbred, white girl" and “I’m a white, clean girl," she told the officers, claiming that she only consumed two glasses of wine. She also went on to tell them that she had "perfect grades", a National Honor Society membership, and has graduated from a "highly accredited university".
Cutshaw boasting that she was an "all-American cheerleader", a valedictorian, and a sorority member, did nothing to impress the officers, who went onto arrest her regardless.
When one of the law enforcement agents later asked her "what that (her whiteness and thoroughbred nature) had to do with anything," she replied, "You're a cop, you should know what that means. You're a cop, you should know based on the people that come in this room."
Although she did not clarify her comments, the officers took it as a reference to some of the other defendants who were being brought in to the police headquarters who were not as white as her.
While inside the police cruiser, she also spoke about her concerns over surviving in jail. "I don't wanna know what it's like," she said. "I'm a pretty girl. Please don't make me go in there."
As part of her plea deal, several other charges filed against Cutshaw were dropped by prosecutors, including speeding, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and DUI with a blood alcohol content of .16 or higher (more than twice the legal limit), according to a report by The Smoking Gun.
She did not receive any jail time. Instead, Cutshaw was told to pay $187 in fines and court costs and complete the state's Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program.