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Emails show Va. ABC official questioned response

Thursday - 7/11/2013, 2:30pm  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A high-ranking Alcoholic Beverage Control official expresses concern over the wrongful arrest of a University of Virginia student in newly released emails, calling the incident "lawsuit material."

Emails obtained by The Daily Progress ( ) through an open-records request show ABC Commissioner Sandra Canada questioned the agency's response on April 11. It was then that a half-dozen ABC agents confronted 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly after she bought sparkling water, cookie dough and ice cream at a store in Charlottesville. The agents suspected Daly had bought beer.

Daly said she panicked because the agents weren't in uniform and one pulled a gun, so she fled. She was charged with two felonies and spent the night in jail.

A prosecutor later dropped the charges.

Virginia State Police have agreed to review the incident.


Information from: The Daily Progress,

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