Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control department says it is reviewing an incident in which plainclothes agents arrested a panicked University of Virginia student on felony charges after she fled in her SUV from armed officers who apparently believed the case of bottled water she was carrying in her vehicle was beer.
Monday, the agency said the charges were dropped against the student.
Elizabeth Daly, 20, said seven plainclothes officers approached her car at a grocery in Charlottesville, Va., on April 11 the Charlottesvile Daily Progress reports. One, she said, pulled a gun.
Daly said she and two roommates were transporting a blue carton of LaCroix sparkling water along with cookie dough and ice cream they had bought for a fundraiser.
"They were showing unidentifiable badges after they approached us, but we became frightened, as they were not in anything close to a uniform," she said in the written statement.
READ: The full account in The Daily Progress
"I couldn't put my windows down unless I started my car, and when I started my car they began yelling to not move the car, not to start the car. They began trying to break the windows. My roommates and I were ... terrified," Daly said.
She grazed at least two agents with her SUV as she pulled out. The women also dialed 911 and said they were planning to drive to a police station, the newspaper reported.
Daly and her roomates said they had just attended a "Take Back the Night" event on campus and were on edge after hearing the testimonies of survivors of sexual assaults and other violent attacks.
Daly, who said she has never consumed alcohol, finally stopped when another officer drove up in a police car with lights flashing and sirens blaring.
Prosecutors acknowledged that Daly immediately apologized profusely over the ordeal, but she was still held in jail overnight on three felony charges.
"Other agents did not join the incident until the subject refused to cooperate," the ABC said in a statement. "Rather than comply with the officers' requests, the subject drove off, striking two officers. She was not arrested for possessing bottled water, but for running from police and striking two of them with a vehicle."
On Thursday, prosecutors dropped the charges, noting that Daly's written account of the incident was factually consistent, The Daily Progress reported.
The ABC said in a statement that the matter is under view. "We take all citizen complaints seriously," the department said.
The Daily Progress quoted Daly as calling the jailing "extremely degrading" and "is not just forgotten" by the dropping of charges.