A University of Virginia student spent a night and an afternoon in jail after a half-dozen Alcoholic Beverage Control agents apprehended her in her car when she left a convenience store near campus. The crime that 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly committed? Buying bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream.
As Daly headed to her car with the items, which were purchased for a sorority benefit fundraiser, agents clad in plainclothes approached her because they apparently thought that the carton of bottled water she was holding was a 12-pack of beer. Daly said one of the agents drew a gun. Since she did not know who they were, the college student and her roommates tried to get away.
“They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform," Daly said in a written account about the incident. “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.”
Once she realized who they were, Daly apologized but the ABC agents still charged her with three felonies. She got two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer for lightly grazing two of the officers with her vehicle and one count of eluding police Those charges were withdrawn on Thursday, Daily Progress reported.
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Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman made the decision to drop the charges.
“It wouldn't be the right thing to do to prosecute this," he said. Chapman did stand by the agents' decision to file charges. "You don't know all the facts until you complete the investigation."
Daly certainly sounds glad that her ordeal is over.
"This has been an extremely trying experience," she wrote. "It is something to this day I cannot understand or believe has come to this point."