Virginia State Police to review ABC arrest of Elizabeth Daly
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Police will review the alcohol agents' arrest of a University of Virginia student after she bought sparkling water.
Alcohol Beverage Control Chairman Neal Insley said that he requested the independent administrative review after consulting with Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker.
In a statement released Monday to media outlets, Insley said an internal review began June 28 after charges against the student were dropped.
"As agency head, I take personal responsibility in making sure all facts of the case are fully evaluated and our department is held to the high standards of service the Commonwealth expects and demands of us," he said in the statement.
Insley said neither state police or his agency could comment on the reviews until they are completed.
Media outlets report that Elizabeth Daly, 20, was confronted on April 11 by plainclothes after she bought sparkling water, cookie dough and ice cream at a store in Charlottesville. The agents suspected Daly had bought beer. She attempted to flee and was charged with two felonies. She spent the night in jail.
A prosecutor later dropped the charges.
Daly has said that she could not tell whether the agents were law enforcement officers when they approached her SUV. She said she and her roommates panicked and she was trying to get to a police station.
Last week, the ABC announced that it had instituted a new policy requiring uniformed officers to participate in similar operations.