ABC reviewing case where UVA student jailed for bottled water possession

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jul 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-01 10:59:41-04

State ABC officials are reviewing an incident that occurred in April where a 20-year-old University of Virginia student was arrested on felony charges after buying a case of bottled water that undercover ABC agents suspected to be beer.

The charges against Elizabeth Daly were dropped on Thursday. Prosecutors say she panicked when approached by the plainclothes agents around 10:15 p.m. April 11th outside a Harris Teeter store.

An ABC statement released Friday says the agents were acting on a reasonable suspicion and that they agents displayed their badges as they approached Daly.

The statement said a female agent saw “what appeared to be an underage person in possession of what appeared to be a case of beer.”

The statement also said Daly’s SUV struck two agents as she fled.

Prosecutors say Daly stopped her SUV for agents driving a vehicle with lights and sirens and apologized when she realized the agents were law enforcement officers.

Daly has said she and her roommates were “terrified” after being approached.

She was charged with two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer and one count of eluding police.

Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney Dave Chapman told The Daily Progess that it wouldn’t be right to prosecute the case.

The ABC says the case is under review by the ABC Bureau of Law Enforcement.