DOCUMENT: Drunk, Crime

"Very Clean" White Girl Cops To DUI Rap

"Thoroughbred" tried to talk way out of bust

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"Clean Girl" Plea

SEPTEMBER 17--The intoxicated ex-cheerleader who tried to talk her way out of an arrest by assuring South Carolina cops that she was a “very clean, thoroughbred, white girl” has pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge, records show.

Lauren Cutshaw, 34, recently copped to a misdemeanor DUI count in connection with her arrest last August in Bluffton, a town just west of Hilton Head. Cutshaw, a licensed real estate agent, pleaded guilty to the drunk driving charge during an August 27 appearance in Bluffton Municipal Court.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped several other charges filed against Cutshaw, including speeding, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and DUI with a blood alcohol content of .16 or higher (a breath test recorded Cutshaw’s BAC at .18, more than twice the legal limit).

Cutshaw was ordered to pay $187 in fines and court costs. She must also complete the state’s Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program.

As detailed in a Bluffton Police Department report, Cutshaw offered police a litany of reasons why she should be spared arrest after being pulled over at 1:45 AM for speeding and driving through a stop sign at 60 mph.

Cutshaw, who claimed to have only consumed two glasses of wine, told a cop, “I’m a very clean, thoroughbred, white girl” and “I’m a white, clean girl.” She also told of her prior “perfect grades,” National Honor Society membership, and graduation from a “high accredited university.”

Cutshaw, who also mentioned that she was an “All-American cheerleader,” a valedictorian, and a sorority member, did not impress her arresting officer with references to her whiteness and thoroughbred nature. The cop wondered “what that had to do with anything.”

“You’re a cop, you should know what that means,” Cutshaw said. “You're a cop, you should know based on the people that come in this room.” Cutshaw apparently was referring to other defendants passing through police headquarters who were not as white and cleanly as her.

While in the rear of a police cruiser, Cutshaw spoke of her concerns about being locked up. “I don’t wanna know what it’s like,” she said. “I’m a pretty girl. Please don’t make me go in there.” (3 pages)