Texas Lt. Gov Calls Police To Help Jailed Relative

Source: Catalina Camia / USA Today

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called a suburban Dallas police department earlier this month to help get a relative out of jail who was suspected of shoplifting, according to the audiotape of the Aug. 3 phone call.

Dewhurst, a Republican facing a potentially tough re-election bid next year, can be heard on the tape telling Sgt. Jonathan Maness of the Allen Police Department that he intended to “jump into this” and help Ellen Bevers, who allegedly took items she didn’t pay for from a Kroger supermarket.

“Sergeant, you don’t know me, but I am every year the No. 1 pick of all of the law enforcement agencies within Texas. The No. 1 pick,” Dewhurst is quoted as saying on the audiotape, according to The Dallas Morning News. “And I’m a supporter of you. You don’t know it, but I’m a supporter of you. I’m a supporter of everybody in law enforcement. And I want you to do whatever is the proper thing.”

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