COOK CO., GA (WALB) - "OK, I'm in the back of a police car, I'm in cuffs.," said Emily Nield as she sat in the back of a Cook County deputy's vehicle.
Emily, a Canadian woman, posted a Snapchat video from the back of a Cook County Sheriff's vehicle last month after she was arrested for not having a valid driver's license.
Emily told deputies she had a valid Canadian driver's license but said they put her in handcuffs anyway.
Emily's Snapchat went viral after her arrest on April 2 and she has done several interviews with Canadian media telling her story.
Emily was driving back to Tennessee from Florida when she was pulled over by a Cook County deputy for speeding.
The deputy asked for her driver's license and Emily, a Canadian citizen, showed the officer her Ontario license. But the deputy told her, it wasn't valid.
"I was confused. It was so loud at the side of the highway I thought I had misheard her," explained Emily.
The deputy asked Emily to pull out an original copy of her passport, something Emily said she doesn't keep on her. Next thing she knew, she was in handcuffs.
Below is a WALB digital exclusive uncut interview with Emily:
"I've never been arrested, I've never been in cuffs," said Emily in her Snapchat from the deputy's vehicle.
After the arrest, Emily said she was told she would have to pay the almost $900 bond in cash or stay in jail until a June court date.
The Cook County Sheriff's Office, in a statement released Monday night, said that's not true.
Without the cash, Emily said she felt trapped.
"Eventually they just let me pay in debit because I was telling them the only way I can pay in cash is if you have an ATM inside the jailhouse," explained Emily.
Finally, Emily said a deputy looked up the law and released her.
"I was able to drive an hour north and then I checked into a hotel, I needed to shower jail off me 'cause I was fingerprinted, mugshot, I wore orange," said Emily.
The Cook County Solicitor Matthew Bennett did say he dropped the license charge against Emily. He said the confusion was from Emily telling the deputy she lived in Tennessee, where she would have to register for a Tennessee license.
But Emily told WALB that her license is valid six months after leaving Canada and that she had left the country on February 4.
Emily said that despite what happened, she doesn't have any hard feelings against the sheriff's office or the state of Georgia.
"The Cook County judge and the probate court were amazing. Everyone I dealt with in Georgia was amazing in helping this case be dismissed and I cannot thank them enough," said Emily.
Emily told WALB that she doesn't plan to file a lawsuit against the sheriff's office.
After Emily's Snapchat video went viral, the Canadian Consulate reached out to Cook County officials for a conference call on Tuesday.
Below is a press release from Cook County about the conference call between the Canadian Consul General and Cook County officials:
For the first time Wednesday night WALB heard from the Canadian Consulate after Emily's Snapchat went viral.
The consulate released the following statement: