Lt. Colonel West, Texas Gov. candidate’s wife’s DWI arrest video is released


Update: Dallas Police Department released edited portions of an officer’s bodycam during the arrest of Angela West for DWI on August 20, 2021.

Jeremy Wallace

Houston Chronicle

Republican candidate for governor Allen West on Sunday slammed Dallas police for arresting his wife for allegedly driving while intoxicated Friday night.

West said he can prove the charges are false and is demanding they be dropped, the officer fired, and a public apology from the Dallas police chief and mayor.

“I’m highly pissed off right now,” West said in a video he posted on social media recounting the arrest.

Police said the 61-year-old Angela West was arrested after taking a standardized field sobriety test. The Dallas Morning News reported that she was booked into the Dallas County jail on a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years of age, according to a police report.

West said his grandson was in the car, but that his wife only had lemonade and water that evening. He said he has the receipts to prove it.

“This is crap,” West said in a social media posting. “Now I support the thin blue line, but this is insidious. They put my grandson at risk — in jeopardy — left him with a couple of police officers and carted his grandmother into jail when she had water and lemonade for dinner.”

West was not with his wife that evening. He said he was in Waco having dinner with rock and roller Ted Nugent when he learned of her arrest.

West said that if corrective actions aren’t taken by Tuesday he “will end up becoming your worst nightmare.”

West is challenging Gov. Greg Abbott in a Republican primary in 2022. The former Florida Congressman lives in Garland and spent almost a year as the chairman of the Republican Party of Texas before announcing his run for Abbott’s seat.

Lieutenant Colonel Allen West joined the Texas National Guard in 2019 after serving on active duty in the US Army from 1983 to 2004.

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