The 2016 Miss Black Texas who was arrested in Commerce on an evading arrest charge that was later dropped has sued the city and an ex-police chief.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Carmen Ponder filed the federal civil rights lawsuit Monday in Dallas over her May 2017 arrest.
Ponder’s lawsuit says 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 is now a Hunt County 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 kilometers) northeast of Dallas.
Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com