KEENE, Texas (TheBlaze/AP) — Police say a North Texas officer followed policy by dragging a 77-year-old woman from her SUV when she refused to provide identification and said she first needed a bathroom.
A review by Keene police found no wrongdoing by Sgt. Gene Geheb who pulled over Lynn Bedford over for driving 66 mph in a 50 mph zone. The Aug. 19 incident captured on police videotape was made public Wednesday.
Geheb several times asked for Bedford’s license. She refused, said she had a bladder infection and needed a restroom.
“Just hurry up; I have to go to the bathroom,” she said.
“Let me see your driver’s license and insurance, please,” the officer ordered.
She refused the officer’s request several times.
“Well you listen to me–,” she began.
“No, I want to see your driver’s license and insurance, please, and then I’ll listen to you,” the officer said.
“I’ll give it to you in a minute,” she shot back.
“No, you give it to me now, or I’m going to take you to jail,” he said.
“Well, go ahead,” the 77-year-old replied.
The officer did exactly that, pulling her out of her car and handcuffing her. Bedford was cited for speeding and failure to provide ID. Chapter 521 of the Texas Transportation code states, motorists are required to carry a valid driver’s license and “display the license on the demand of a magistrate, court officer, or peace officer.”
Further, “a peace officer may stop and detain a person operating a motor vehicle to determine if the person has a driver’s license as required by this section.”
Watch the raw video of the altercation below:
Bedford’s attorney Clay Graham, of Fort Worth, Texas, says the officer overreacted and she deserves an apology.
“The officer is not very interested in listening to what she has to say,” Graham said. “She gets a little frustrated. And then he just overwhelms her. That’s what I see. And then it goes from routine stop to ridiculous stop.”
Police Chief Rocky Alberti says Geheb followed policy when violators don’t provide identification.
“This incident has been reviewed thoroughly by the Keene Police Department and the City of Keene Administration,” Alberti said in a written statement. “All parties have concluded that Sgt. Geheb did not violate any state laws or department policies, and in fact was following department policy in regards to violators not providing identification.”
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