Former Miss Black Texas sues city, ex-chief over arrest

DALLAS — A beauty pageant winner has sued a Texas city and its former police chief over an evading arrest charge that was later dropped.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Carmen Ponder filed the federal civil rights lawsuit Monday in Dallas over her May 2017 arrest in Commerce. Ponder won the Miss Black Texas competition in 2016.

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Ponder's lawsuit says Commerce's then-police Chief Kerry Crews, who was off-duty, arrested her without reason during a confrontation over a traffic incident involving another driver.

Crews resigned the following month, took an administrative job with the city and now is a justice of the peace.

Commerce City Manager Darrek Ferrell and the city's attorney, Jay Garrett, declined comment on Ponder's lawsuit. Crews didn't immediately return a message for comment Wednesday.

Commerce is 60 miles (96.56 kilometres) northeast of Dallas.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com

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