Northeast Tarrant

Southlake police investigate after Taser used on woman in DWI arrest

Southlake officers are under investigation after they stunned a woman with a Taser on March 20 during a DWI arrest on Pearson Lane.
Southlake officers are under investigation after they stunned a woman with a Taser on March 20 during a DWI arrest on Pearson Lane.

Officers involved in a March drunken-driving arrest are under an internal Southlake Police Department investigation after a Keller woman was stunned with a Taser before her blood was drawn, according to police and the motorist.

Hannah Fossier, 21, of Keller said she repeatedly refused to have blood drawn on the night of March 20, but officers stunned her twice, and then got a nurse to draw her blood.

“I must have told them at least 10 times no,” Fossier told the Star-Telegram this week. “One officer said if you don’t cooperate, I’m going to Tase you, and he did.”

Police Chief James Brandon said in an email that Fossier was arrested and accused of DWI after being involved in a car accident March 20.

“The next day I was made aware of concerns with the arrest by police department staff, so I immediately initiated an internal investigation,” Brandon said in the email. “Since that investigation is ongoing, it is preliminary to provide further comment at this time."

Brandon declined to comment on whether officers had a warrant to draw blood from Fossier. Generally, a warrant is needed by officers in Texas to draw blood when a motorist refuses, according to local defense attorneys.

Jail records and Fossier gave this account:

Fossier said she was driving home from her job in Southlake when she was involved in an accident in the 400 block of Pearson Lane. Records indicated she is a cashier at Victoria’s Secret in Southlake.

No serious injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Fossier said she failed a field sobriety test at the scene.

“I told them that I would submit to a Breathalyzer, but I didn’t want blood drawn,” Fossier said. “The officer said they didn’t do Breathalyzer, and that we were going to the hospital for blood.”

Fossier said she didn’t know where the officer took her. A major area hospital is Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake.

“Two officers held me while a nurse tried to draw blood, but I kept telling them no,” Fossier said. “An officer Tased me once, and then a second time. Then they got my blood.”

Jail records showed that Fossier was arrested at 8:46 p.m. March 20 by officer David Tatsak. No other officers were listed on jail records.

Fossier was freed after she posted $1,000 bail shortly after her arrest.

Tarrant County court records indicate Fossier was charged with driving while intoxicated April 5. Records were not available showing her blood-alcohol level.

Elizabeth Courtright of Fort Worth, Fossier’s attorney, could not be reached Thursday for comment.

“I had bruises from where they held me down,” Fossier said. “I never gave them permission to take my blood.”

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr