Lt. Gov. Dewhurst calls Allen police to try and get relative out of jail

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After a relative was arrested and accused of shoplifting at a grocery, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called the Allen Police Department to ask how to get her out of jail, referring to himself as the “No. 1 pick of all the law enforcement agencies within Texas.”

In an Aug. 3 recording originally released by police to the Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate, NBC-DFW, Dewhurst identifies himself as the lieutenant governor and asks to speak to the police station’s “most senior police officer you have there right now.” He tells a police sergeant that his stepsister’s daughter-in-law, Ellen Bevers, is a schoolteacher and “the sweetest woman in the world,” and says he’s sure she has been incarcerated on a “mistaken charge.”

“If you would explain to me sergeant what I need to do to arrange for getting her out of jail this evening so that you can proceed with whatever you think … that is proper,” Dewhurst says. “I’ve known this lady for 30 years of my life.”

After Dewhurst says that he is going to have Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw call to confirm his identity, he goes on to explain that he is a supporter of law enforcement in the state.

“Sergeant, you don’t know me,” he says. “I am every year the No. 1 pick of all of the law enforcement agencies within Texas, the No. 1 pick. I’m a supporter of you, and everyone in law enforcement. I want you to do whatever is the proper thing.”

He asks where he needs to call to post bail for Bevers and says that while he appreciates law enforcement, this is a “situation I just hate to see.”

His spokesman Travis Considine said Dewhurst behaved appropriately in the call. Dewhurst, who is running for re-election with multiple GOP primary opponents in 2014, has not been accused of any wrongdoing in the incident.

“David acted as a concerned family member in an attempt to acquire information on how to post bail for his niece while reiterating multiple times in the full conversation that law enforcement follow their normal protocols and procedures,” he said.

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