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Arizona woman disputes her arrest was on the wedding day

PHOENIX – A woman photographed by the police wearing what looked like a wedding dress during her arrest on a charge of impaired driving in the south of Arizona is disputing the police says that she was taken into custody when she was on her way to her wedding.

The image of Amber Young, therefore, in a police cruiser late Monday morning, while in handcuffs and wearing a white open-back full-length dress made its rounds on social media. The 32-year-old boy was arrested in Marana, 30 miles north of Tucson, after they became involved in a three-car accident in which one person suffered minor injuries.

Lawyer Michelle Behan said that her client was arrested on her way to meet a friend for lunch, not to a wedding. She said that Young people are not involved and insisted she wore a sun dress, not a wedding dress.

Sgt. Chriswell Scott, a spokesman for Marana police, said the body-camera video of the arrest shows tell Young officers that she was on her way to get married, and a confirmation that she wore a wedding dress. Scott said the Young even gave the time and location of the ceremony.

Scott declined to release the video, explaining the case was underway.

Behan said she believed Marana police posted the picture laughs. “It was not to warn others about the impaired driving, but rather, I believe, to ridicule, mock, Mrs. Young,” Behan said, adding that her client now got the unfortunate nickname of “DUI Bride.”

When tweeting the photo, Scott wrote, “drive is not affected, till death do we part doesn’t need any help.”

He said that his goal was to warn people about the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.

Scott said he took the photo after people started to criticize Young people on social media. “It was just to save her from further embarrassment after we saw this thing had gone viral,” Scott said.

Behan declined to say whether her client was impaired at the time of her arrest.

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