There is probably not a day that goes by where someone tries to use their position on the social ladder to get themselves out of trouble. You don't hear too much about the successful ones as they tend to get out of their predicament, but that's not the case for the story you're about to read.
No, in this case, the assailant probably made their situation much direr and laughable.
In the wee hours of August 6, Elizabeth Lauren Cutshaw, a 33-year-old real estate agent, was arrested by a Bluffton, SC police officer after she allegedly blew through a stop sign at 60 miles per hour while driving intoxicated and possessing a controlled substance, according to the Washington Post.
Arrests like these are a dime a dozen, but Cutshaw's response to being placed under arrest is anything but.
On the way to the Bluffton Police Department, Cutshaw was recorded saying things like: "I graduated from a really good university," "I'm a pretty girl. Please don't make me go in there," and "Don't take me to jail, please. I don't want to know what it's like. I don't want to know what it's like."
But Cutshaw's attempt to get out trouble didn't stop there. I'm afraid it only intensified as she was going through the booking process at the city jail.
While she was being interviewed by police officer Baker Odom at the Bluffton Police Department, Cutshaw told the arresting officer that she was a "thoroughbred" and "white, clean girl" in a second failed attempt at getting out of trouble.
The Post would go on to report that when Odom asked Cutshaw what she meant by the statement, she offered one reply: "You're a cop, you should know what that means based on the people that come in this room."
In his report, Odom wrote: "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."
Cutshaw's arrest is just another example in an alarming trend of well-to-do white people using their race and social class (see: white privilege) in failed attempts to get out of an arrest, or at least alleviate the damage caused by their actions.
In recent years this has been highlighted on the national level by instances like Brock Turner, the Stanford University swimmer who received probation after he raped a fellow student at a party in 2015.
This type of behavior was also seen in the case of Ethan Couch, the "Affluenza Teen" who killed four pedestrians in a drunk driving incident. Couch's defense argued that the then 16-year-old Couch failed to understand the consequences of his actions because of his financial privilege.
Like Turner, Couch was sentenced to probation.
While Cutshaw's case is still pending in the South Carolina legal system, the court of public opinion has already brought the case to trial, as evidenced by the following tweets:
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