Elizabeth Daly, a 20 year old University of Virginia student had the recent misfortune to find out how vigilant the state Alcoholic Beverage control unit is about those individuals under the age of 21 buying alcohol. Not that guns in her face and officers jumping on the hood of her car would have her think otherwise…
Elizabeth Daly’s fun incident came about after buying LaCroix sparkling water which approaching agents suspected was really a 12-pack of beer. As she approached her car, the agents dressed in plain clothes demanded that she halt, but instead Daly who did not believe or think they were really agents assumed the worst and hurried her ass into her car in a desperate bid to escape the phalanx of individuals who by now were pointing guns at her and jumping on the hood of her car.
Recalled the student who had headed out to buy some goodies for a fundraiser: “They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform. I couldn’t put my windows down unless I started my car, and when I started my car they began yelling to not move the car, not to start the car. They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were … terrified.”
After driving out of the parking lot and grazing two of the plainclothes officers, Daly called 911 to report the attack and ask if there was any way these people were in fact agents of the law. That’s when another Alcoholic Beverage Control agent pulled over her SUV (this time using a police vehicle and flashers).
Daly went on to tell that she apologized profusely when she realized who the agents were. But that wasn’t good enough for ABC agents, who went on to lock her up that evening and charge her ass with three felonies, including assaulting a police officer, one count of eluding police, all Class 6 felonies which carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $2,500 in fines per offense.
Daly went on to tell she was particularly frazzled after having just come from a “Take Back the Night,” vigil on campus, where women had shared stories of their experiences with sexual assault.
Prosecutors have dropped the charges against Daly, but until a full investigation is concluded, the district attorney is standing by the conduct of its Alcoholic Beverage Control officers.
Because authorities always want to make sure that minors stay off the good stuff, no matter what.