Department of Public Safety says it has video footage that disproves a woman’s allegations that she was sexually assaulted by a DPS officer in Ellis County early Sunday morning.
The dashcam video has not been released publicly. DPS said Monday it is working to release the video to the public “as soon as possible.”
Lee Merritt, a Dallas attorney representing the woman, said in a statement Monday that his client was pulled over around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The DPS trooper who pulled over the woman offered to let her go in exchange for sexual favors, according to the statement. Merritt said when his client declined, the officer sexually assaulted her.
The Dallas Morning News does not typically name those reporting sexual assault.
An Ellis County spokesman said the woman was booked into jail just before 5 a.m. Sunday. She bonded out about 9 p.m. that day.
A DPS spokesman said an officer stopped the woman after a traffic violation, then arrested her when he suspected that she was driving while intoxicated.
Merritt said the woman was taken to the hospital while in custody, but she refused treatment because she wanted to be with her family and attorney.
Once she was released, Merritt said, she returned to the hospital for medical treatment and to “preserve any remaining evidence of the alleged assault.” She was released from the hospital Monday morning, Merritt said in a statement.
Merritt said the woman filed a formal complaint alleging sexual assault as soon as she was taken into custody. He said he was not sure whether DPS or Ellis County took the complaint.
An afternoon news conference with Merritt and attorney Daryl K. Washington was abruptly canceled. Merritt said DPS was preparing to release the video footage at that time, and he wouldn’t be able to address questions about the situation until after video had been released.
In a statement Sunday night, DPS said it would release the video to the public if the Ellis County District Attorney’s office had no objections.
Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson said the video could be released as long as legally required redactions were made. DPS is working to release the video to the public “as soon as possible.”
“Upon learning of the allegations today, the department immediately took action to review the dash cam video,” a statement from DPS reads. “The video shows absolutely no evidence to support the serious accusations against the Trooper during the DWI arrest of the suspect.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
A Black Texas woman recently accused a police officer of sexually assaulting her during a traffic stop and now the Texas Department of Public Safety says it has a video that disproves the woman’s allegations, according to the Dallas Morning News.
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WAXAHACHIE, Texas (AP) New charges won’t be filed against a woman who accused a Texas trooper of sexual assault during a traffic stop.
In a statement Friday, Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson says the woman made her allegations to a jailer and her attorney and not to a sworn peace officer, meaning no false report was filed.