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Va. ABC changes policy following woman's arrest

Sunday - 7/7/2013, 6:30am  ET

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WTOP's Thomas Warren


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia alcohol regulators have instituted a new policy following an incident in which a young woman was jailed after buying sparkling water.

The University of Virginia student was confronted by plainclothes ABC agents in April after they suspected the 20-year-old of purchasing beer.

The woman was charged with two felonies after she attempted to flee the agents.

In an announcement Friday, the State Alcoholic Beverage Control said it was immediately changing its policy and that it will require a uniformed officer to participate in similar operations.

As news of the confrontation emerged, the ABC office in Richmond was swamped with calls, as well as criticism on social media.

A prosecutor later dropped the charges against the woman.

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