Dallas, TX – Dallas police on Monday released dashcam and bodycam video that showed the arrest of GOP gubernatorial candidate Allen West’s wife for driving under the influence (video below).
The incident occurred at about 8:44 p.m. on Aug. 20 when a Dallas police officer observed 61-year-old Angela West driving her white Mercedes SUV erratically in the 2300-block of West Northwest Highway, WFAA reported.
Video showed that when the officer put on his lights to pull her over, West slowed to a stop in the middle lane of a busy highway.
The officer got out of his patrol vehicle and, as cars whizzed by on both sides of them, instructed West to proceed off the roadway.
West complied and drove a little farther down the roadway before she stopped in the right lane of the busy road.
Dashcam video showed the officer once again had to step into traffic and instruct West to proceed to a safer location.
Once stopped, the officer administered a field sobriety tests to West.
Standardized field sobriety tests are scientifically-validated tests which indicate the likelihood that somebody is impaired.
The video showed that West’s performance on the field sobriety tests, along with her driving, appeared to establish probable cause that she was impaired. Probable cause is not proof of impairment, but is the standard of evidence officers use when making an arrest.
After establishing probable cause to arrest West, the officer ultimately asked West to take a preliminary breath test, bodycam showed.
The video showed West struggled to follow the instructions on how to blow into the device and the officer was not able to obtain a reading despite making multiple attempts.
At that point, the officer asked West to put her hands behind her back and advised her that she was being arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
The officers asked for contact information for someone who could pick up West’s grandson who had been riding with her in the Mercedes, the video showed.
Her husband, Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West, was “livid” about his wife’s arrest, WFAA reported.
He posted a video to social media on Sunday that demanded an in-person apology be made to his wife by Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, and Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot no later than Tuesday.
We are releasing violent criminals in Texas but arresting grandmas? pic.twitter.com/zkiFzsoJIt
— Allen West (@AllenWest) August 21, 2021
Allen West also called for the Dallas police brass to fire the officer who arrested his wife, WFAA reported.
But Chief Garcia said the officer who arrested West did nothing wrong, KTVT reported.
“When we are wrong, we are wrong and we will hold ourselves accountable, but no police chief can sit idly by while his officers get falsely vilified,” Chief Garcia told reporters when he released the bodycam. “False representation of my officers cannot go unchecked. They work too hard and sacrifice too much.”
A blood test was given to West after she was arrested but the results won’t be returned for a few more days, KTVT reported.
Her husband, the former chairman of the Texas Republican Party, blasted the manner in which officers dealt with the situation.
“The thing that upsets me the most is that they [Dallas police] took my wife, arrested her, brought her to jail and left my grandson with two Dallas police officers,” Allen West complained.
“Luckily, they were able to get in contact with our youngest daughter, Austin, who was able to go and pick up Jackson [West’s grandson] from two police officers on the side of the road,” he said.
2/ Chief Garcia, if you don’t terminate Ofc. Harris, then you must obviously condone this abhorrent behavior.
— Allen West (@AllenWest) August 23, 2021
“I support the Thin Blue Line, but this is insidious,” the candidate added.
He posted pictures of dinner receipts to Twitter and said they proved his wife had only been drinking water and lemonade before she was stopped.
Allen West also posted lengthy numbered threads purportedly authored by the couple’s daughters which reiterated West’s innocence and complained about how police handled the incident.
Chief Garcia took exception to the gubernatorial candidate’s characterization of the officer and the incident, KTVT reported.
“She could have taken the child to CPS and chose not to. She could’ve towed the vehicle and she chose not to,” the police chief said. “I saw a professional officer. I saw a courteous officer. Regardless of what the lab results show, I believe that she believed that there was probable cause to think that something was impacting her driving.”
Watch the entire arrest in the video below: