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$2,000 Settles Texas False Arrest Claim

by Christopher Zoukis

A Whitehouse, Texas woman and her minor son have settled a claim of false arrest and false imprisonment for $2,000.

Candace Caroline McCarrell was driving with her son, J.M., on June 8, 2012, when she was pulled over by Whitehouse police officer David Earl Allen. Allen claimed that McCarrell was weaving, and required McCarrell to perform a field sobriety test. Allen then accused McCarrell of resisting arrest, and handcuffed her. He also allegedly spoke harshly to J.M. McCarrell was taken to jail and spent the night locked up.

Subsequent review of Allen's dashcam video revealed that McCarrell had not been weaving, and that Allen did not have probable cause to pull her over. The charges against McCarrell were dropped.

McCarrell sued the City of Whitehouse and Allen in federal court. She claimed that she was falsely arrested and imprisoned in violation of her civil rights. The parties agreed to settle the claim November 14, 2013 for payment of $2,000 to J.M. in trust.

Case: McCarrell v. City of Whitehouse, et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 2:12-cv-00734 (November 14, 2013).

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