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'F--- Trump' truck owner arrested, but not for the message on her back window

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls posted this picture of a truck recently spotted in the Houston area. Nehls said he could press disorderly conduct charges against the owner.
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls posted this picture of a truck recently spotted in the Houston area. Nehls said he could press disorderly conduct charges against the owner. Sheriff Troy Nehls (Facebook)

The owner of a pickup with "F--- Trump" written on its back window has been arrested, but not for her truck's controversial message, which drew widespread attention after the Fort Bend County sheriff criticized it in a Facebook post this week.

Instead, Karen Fonseca was arrested on an outstanding warrant in a fraud case, KHOU-TV reported Thursday. The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department arrested her after receiving a tip about the warrant, the TV station reported.

On Wednesday, Sheriff Troy Nehls posted a picture of Fonseca's truck, writing that he had received "numerous" calls about it and that he could possibly seek disorderly conduct charges against the owner.

The truck, according to Nehls, had been spotted on Farm Road 359 in Fort Bend County, southwest of Houston.

Nehls later deleted his Facebook post, which had been shared more than 5,000 times and resulted in plenty of backlash.

"'Someone got mad' is not a breach of the public peace lmao," one commenter wrote. "You have a problem with political speech?" another commenter wrote. "Great. Resign, and spend your days trying to amend the Constitution. In the meantime, the first amendment is clear, and you are in the wrong."

Nehls, who described himself on Twitter this week as a "fiscal conservative," has been considering a run for Texas' 22nd congressional district, currently held by Rep. Pete Olsen.

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