ABC official acknowledges errors in UVA student arrest
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP/ABC7) - An Alcoholic Beverage Control official says six agents used poor judgment during a wrongful arrest of a University of Virginia student.
ABC Commissioner Sandra Canada says the agency is "embarrassed" by the April 11 response to 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly's purchase of sparkling water, cookie dough and ice cream at a Harris Teeter in Charlottesville. The agents thought that the water bottles Daly was carrying was a 12-pack of beer.
The Daily Progress reports it was the agency's first public acknowledgement of errors in the agents' actions.
Daly has said she panicked because the agents weren't in uniform and one pulled a gun. She fled with two others and planned to go to police.
Daly was charged with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and one count of eluding police, both felonies, for grazing two agents as she fled and spent the night in jail. A prosecutor later dropped the charges.