Elizabeth K Daly, 21, is seeking $40 million from the state of Virginia and seven Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents who arrested her while under the impression that she had illegally purchased beer when she had instead bought bottled water.
On April 11, 2013, ABC agents confronted Daly outside a supermarket in Charlottesville. Daly was charged with two felonies for grazing two agents with her vehicle.
Daly claimed she attempted to flee in a panic because the agents weren’t in uniform, one pulled a gun and another attempted to smash her car window with a flashlight.
Daly spent a night in jail on felony charges of assaulting two law enforcement officers and eluding police. Prosecutors withdrew charges against Daly in June and her record was expunged in October.
The University of Virginia student alleges malicious prosecution, six counts of assault and battery and failure to appropriately train ABC agents.
As a result of the April 2013 incident, Daly and her parents “have incurred significant legal, medical, and other costs, and will continue to do so in the future due to the malicious, intentional and negligent actions of the defendants,” the lawsuit states.
The ABC said it had taken corrective action against the agents involved but declined to be more specific.