Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West’s wife is arrested for ‘driving while intoxicated with her young grandson’
- Angela Graham-West, wife of GOP gubernatorial candidate Allen West, was arrested by Dallas Police Friday night for allegedly driving while intoxicated
- West said his wife hadn’t been drinking, that her three-month-old grandson was in the car with her, and called the arrest ‘insidious’ in a video on Twitter
- Graham-West was charged with ‘Driving While Intoxicated with a Child under 15 Years Old’ and spent a night in jail before being released on Saturday afternoon
- In July, West announced his campaign for governor, days before he stepped down from his position as chair of the Republican party in Texas
- He will take on current Governor Greg Abbott as the election will take place on November 8, 2022
PICTURED: Angela Graham-West, wife of Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) with her young grandson in the car
Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West’s wife has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence on Friday night.
West is said to be ‘beyond livid’ with the Dallas Police Department for the arrest which he insists was wrongful and that his wife was sober at the time.
Angela Graham-West, 61, was driving home from dinner at P.F. Changs with her three-month-old grandson, Jaxton, when she was pulled over for a traffic violation at around 8.45p.m. Friday night in Dallas County, leading to an officer to suspect that she was intoxicated before performing a field sobriety test on her.
After the breathalyzer test, which her husband says ‘came up negative’, Graham-West was charged with ‘Driving While Intoxicated with a Child under 15 Years Old’ and stayed in jail overnight before her release on Saturday afternoon, according to Fox News.
In a video posted on Twitter, West said he was at a dinner in Waco with rock singer Ted Nugent among ‘other people’ when he found out that his wife had been arrested.
The former Texas Republican Party chairman also mentioned that he spoke to people who were with his wife at the Chinese restaurant earlier that night and claimed they told him that she only had ‘water and lemonade.’
The 60-year-old proceeded to voice his anger that his young grandson had been left with two police officers on the side of the road while his wife was brought to jail, saying, ‘we are releasing violent criminals in Texas but arresting grandmas?’
‘The thing that upsets me the most is that they [Dallas police] took my wife, arrested her, brought her to jail and left my grandson with two Dallas police officers,’ West said in the Twitter video.
The Texas gubernatorial candidate is ‘beyond livid’ with the Dallas Police Department after his wife was arrested
PICTURED: Angela Graham-West (left) and Republican Texas gubernational candidate Allen West (center) and Mary Ann Russell (right) at the Republican National Committee in Cleveland, Ohio in 2020
On Sunday, West posted a photo of his wife’s receipt the night she was arrested, which shows a lemonade, but lists no alcoholic beverages at P.F. Changs in Dallas, Texas
‘Luckily, they were able to get in contact with our youngest daughter, Austin, who was able to go and pick up Jackson [West’s grandson] from two police officers on the side of the road… I support the thin blue line but this is insidious.’
On Sunday, West posted a photo of his wife’s receipt the night she was arrested, which shows a lemonade, but lists no alcoholic beverages.
In text messages exchanged with The Texas Tribune, West said his wife had ‘no issues’ with taking a field sobriety or breathalyzer test, but that she had refused to do a blood test before an officer got a warrant for it.
He concluded the video on Twitter by demanding an explanation from the Dallas Police Department and Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, before thanking his followers for their ‘support and prayers’ on Saturday.
On July 4, West announced his campaign for governor, days before he stepped down from his position as chair of the Republican party in Texas.
He will challenge current Gov Greg Abbott, a fellow Republican, who assumed office in 2015.
West’s wife is also a pubic servant, as she ran for Garland City Council earlier this year, but did not progress to the runoff election.