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TX Lt. Gov. calls to get family member released from jail

Texas Tribune / Todd Wiseman
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 9:06am

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is catching flack for a call he made to a local police department in an effort to spring a relative from jail.

According to Dewhurst's press secretary, the 46-year-old suspect is Dewhurst's niece. She was arrested for shoplifting at a Kroger grocery store.

In the taped phone call, the clearly frustrated state leader is heard demanding to talk to the most senior officer at the Allen Police Department, calling the arrest a mistake.

Below is a transcript of the call:

DD: "Janice this is David Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor of the state of Texas, and I want to talk to the senior officer who is there at your department right now"

Operator: "You want to speak to who?"

DD: "I want to talk to the most senior policer you have where you are right now. My name is David Dewhurst, I'm the lieutenant governor of the state of Texas."

Operator: "Yes sir."

DD: "You have incarcerated my sister-in-law and I want to talk to him or either he or she about Ellen Beavers please."

Operator: "Yes sir. O.K. hold on and I will take care of that for you"

DD: "Thank you ma'am I appreciate that very much."

Dewhurst's press secretary released a statement saying the lieutenant governor acted as a family member in an attempt to find out how to post bail for his niece.

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