Lt. Col. Allen West’s wife Angela made headlines after she was arrested for an alleged DWI in Dallas on Friday night. The West family has a lot to say about that…
West said that he was “livid” with the treatment of his wife, Angela Graham-West, who was pulled over on Friday evening while driving home after failing to signal for a turn.
Graham-West was taking care of her 3-month old grandson for most of the day, ending with a dinner at PF Chang’s in Dallas. She was on her way home with him in the car when she was stopped at the 2300 block of West Northwest Highway at 8:44 p.m. for failing to use her turn signal on a right-hand turn.
She was stopped by a Dallas DWI unit because the officer said she “had reasons to believe the driver may be intoxicated.”
Graham-West stated that she had not consumed any alcohol, but was put through a field sobriety test anyway. After the breathalyzer test, the officer requested a blood test, but Graham-West refused. Later, an officer got a warrant for the blood test.
Graham-West was arrested for driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years old, and was taken into custody while her 3-month old grandson was left in the car on the side of the road with a couple of Dallas P.D. officers.
West told the Texas Tribune that he was “beyond livid.”
Graham-West was released from jail around 1 p.m. Saturday, according to West, who posted a video on Instagram early Saturday morning from the Dallas County jail. In the video, West angrily denied his wife had been drinking.
West, the former head of the Texas Republican Party, said he had been in Waco having dinner with Ted Nugent when he returned to Dallas to find his wife had been arrested.
He said in the video that he had spoken with people who had dinner with his wife and grandson who told him she only had water and lemonade. West provided a photo of the receipt to the Tribune, which shows a lemonade, but lists no alcoholic beverages.
In the video, West said he was especially angry that his grandson was left on the side of the road with a police officer while officers took his wife to jail.
“I support the thin blue line, but this is insidious,” West said. “They put my grandson at risk, at jeopardy, left him with a couple of police officers and carted his grandmother to jail and she had water and lemonade… I’m beyond livid.”
The Texas Tribune
Here is the first video that West posted:
It’s no surprise that the arrest made headlines. In July, West announced that he is mounting a primary challenge against GOP Governor Greg Abbott.
West has been an absolute badass for conservativism and common-sense right-wing solutions to problems. He’s been especially strong on the border. He’s also been quite critical of Gov. Abbott.
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Lt. Col. Allen West posted a video update on Sunday morning and he brought the receipts. In internet lingo, to “bring receipts” means provide proof often in the form of screenshots, photos, or video, in this case, however, these are literal receipts showing that his wife had not had any alcohol at dinner.
Angela Graham-West herself issued a lengthy statement on Sunday morning as well. Here it is in full:
Good Sunday Morning All!
I am back home for those of you who are wondering about my recent debacle. It is about 4:05 in the morning and I am up feeding my little caramel drop because his parents deserve a night or two to sleep in because they work very hard both at their jobs and at the church so here he is! I want to visit the idea of the expression “If it bleeds it leads”. Basically, if there’s violence, conflict or death involved, it gets top billing. Nowhere is this more true than in television news, which coined the expression, “If it bleeds, it leads.” By now most of you have read the headlines: “Allen West’s wife arrested for DWI with her grandson in tow”. Sounds both exciting and scintillating and quite frankly it is partially true, the arrest part but the DWI part —- not a chance.
Let me give you my schedule for this past Friday:
7:00 – 1:00 Work
1:30 Pick up Jaxton Bernard
2:00 Buy formula and a couple of pieces of clothing at Buckaroos in Sunnyvale
3:00 Estate sale in Garland; purchased a quilt for the guest bed.
3:15 Small nap for Jaxton
4:30 Set off fruit fly bomb in house
5:00 Got Jaxton bathed and ready for the dinner
5:30 Left for dinner at PF Changs
6:30 -6:45 Arrival at PF Changs
Food ordered: Sea Bass; Spinach; Lemonade – no alcohol
9:30: Leave PF Changs; decide to take a new way home. While on the phone with my daughter and son in law I realize that I am lost and pressed the home button on my navigation
9:38 – 10:00 Stopped for non-right signal. Gave the officer my license, she asked why it is a Florida license and I said it is because I still work there. She asked me what I do, I said financial advisor. She said step out of the car and proceeded to ask me if I took any prescription drugs or street drugs. I say no. She asked about health issues and I told her about my aneurysm and some other issues. She proceeded to shine a light in my eyes asking me to follow the light with my eyes and not my head; then walk a straight line; then stand on one foot. I explained that it is easy for one side and not for the other. Breath test completed; twice and then a blood test requested. I have had a mastectomy with lymph node dissection and since I knew that I do not use drugs; I declined. Was told that I was going to jail.
11:16 Officer does a search warrant blood draw after which my arms start to swell.
Quite frankly until the 9:38 hour it was especially boring for the reader. So, what happened to trigger the “series of unfortunate events”? The lack of signaling when changing lanes. After which the officer stopped me, I rolled down my window and cheerfully handed her my license. She ran the license and the tags, and I then asked if she would like my insurance and such. She said no and asked what type of work I did…. That I would have a residence in Florida and Texas. I said” financial advisor”, she looked skeptical, then shined the light in the back of the car. I told her that my grandson was in the car seat and the stuff folded in the back was to take to the laundry in the morning —– I did not want to ruin my washing machine with the bulky items. She told me to get out of the car, at that point I decided that it would be worthwhile to leave the phone connected to my children since they were on the line and could hear the exchanges.
She gave me a sobriety test – you know the walk; the staring at a light; then holding one leg up etc. I explained that I would be a little off balance in some of the exercises because this was the after effect of the aneurysm that I had repaired about two years ago. She wrote that down, I think. I stood on one foot, walked back and forth, I think I touched my nose and she asked what I ate for dinner and I told her chilean sea bass on a bed of spinach, hot and sour soup and lemonade. She asked about drinking and street drugs, I told her I did neither. I took a breathalyzer and she told me I was doing it wrong. I tried again and again. Then she had me walk again and then she told me I was going to jail. I told her that the baby was in the car and I was not drinking. She told me that the officer that came later would watch the car and the baby. I was put into the squad car. She told me that she was going to get my blood tested.
I will tell you at this point, going off of my old Law and Order shows, I asked to use the phone to call a lawyer. She told me no. I was at that point beginning to get pretty scared because I knew that regardless of the reality, I was going to fit the narrative for the evening. We got to the hospital to take the blood and I said that I would like to speak with a lawyer. She asked me if I was refusing, I said yes, she said you are really going to jail now. I said please, just go ahead, I want to go home and in the back of my mind I was terrified because my grandson was left in the car on the street with the other officer on the outside……
So, not knowing my rights nor the sequence of events to occur, I went along and at this moment I will avoid the gory details, but I am both injured and getting medical care. Officer Harris with the Dallas Police Department became “Aunt Lydia” for those fans of The Handmaid’s Tale. She became my personal tormentor. She “showed me the ropes”. My hands are swollen and bruised as are my shoulders and arms. I have been locked and restrained in the squad car in the sweltering heat …. After which I asked her how could a middle aged grandmother who is not inebriated harm you? She got out of the car, shut the door and leaned her backside against the window. She called another cop to “watch” me while she went to get a warrant to draw blood. He watched me pleading to roll down the window or at least loosen the restraints because my shoulder joints were being stretched to the maximum. He kept eating his popcorn and making faces at me. At some point I was instructed to get out of the car and go into this building. We did a lot of driving. I was asked about my “Covid status” to which I said that my eldest daughter and son in law were ill at home with it. I was instructed to lie about this status unless I wanted her to throw me into a room of really sick people and then I would get it too.
So, it ended with my being booked, the blood sample being given back to the officer. And me being put into “gen pop”. I met with the nurses who said I was not drunk, I said I knew that and then they asked me about street drugs. I don’t use medicines of any kind, in addition I am allergic to morphine and morphine products. Found that out the hard way after a Cesarean 28 years ago. I suspect the toxicology is about as clean as you can imagine.
On the bright side, if one could call it that, I met people who I would never have met in my real life. A young girl, so very pretty, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, had a surreal story that echoed mine…….. Almost to the letter. She made a wrong turn, lights went off on the squad car, sobriety test, dragged into the station, told to submit to a blood test, she refused and asked for “legal counsel”, they told her she did not need a lawyer and issued a warrant to take her blood. The only difference was that she tried to call her mother who told her that she was a disgrace to the family and hung up. She would not answer the phone again until morning. She leaned against the wall all night crying “Momma I am sorry”……
I saw prostitutes, crazy women, detoxing women, a woman who was beat up by her husband who had raped her when she was 14 and she caught him with her daughter who is now 12 and tried to “cut him” —- she was the one in jail now. I went to court and saw a young man who was in jail for trying to see his children but had a restraining order against him and the excessive bail of 50K will not only keep him incarcerated but also keep him away from his children. All sad stories.
And I will tell you that there are only three things that I know: 1. I was not drunk and had not been drinking; 2. I have never used street drugs, don’t really take any prescription drugs other than what is needed at the time; 3. My life and reputation will be forever altered; 4. It is possible to get caught up in a series of events from which your life is altered – I am injured both emotionally and physically, the latter of which I will be healed by a physician, God and time. The restraint tore some of the ligaments in my hands and shoulders. And….. I probably will test positive for COVID. My head is hurting very badly.
But I know one thing, I thank God for the experience. I know that He will use this for some good. And really, my injuries are nothing compared to those that he suffered for us. And finally, I met some very good and honorable police people, not all are like Officer Harris who undoubtedly suffered much in her life, to render her devoid of conscience and integrity. My friends in law enforcement have a tough job to do and most of them do it with honor. I salute them and thank them.
1 Corinthians 15:10
But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.
God Bless and have a wonderful Sunday,
Their eldest daughter, Aubrey, also issued a statement.
Good morning, my name is Aubrey West-Grant and I am the oldest daughter as some of you might know. On Friday, I received a distressing call from my sister that my mom was arrested and that my nephew was being picked up by my sister and brother-in-law. Hearing the suspected charge against my Mother, I immediately wanted to know that facts, while also having a firm doubt that my mother, who had my wonderful nephew in the car, would never put his life in danger. Because unlike what the world does not see, I see a beautiful blessing that was introduced into our lives that my mother loves so fiercely.
Now what you all do not know is my Mom can be overly cautious when it comes to her body. Not because she has done anything illicit, but because she is a two time breast cancer survivor that endured a double mastectomy. Not only that, during my time in PA school, I was told that my mother had an aneurysm. She has expressed upon multiple occasions that since her coiling procedure, one side of her body has never felt the same. If there are questions about possible drug abuse, I will be the first to say that even during the time that my mom was battling breast cancer. She refused to take her pain medication. She has such an aversion that even when I had my wisdom teeth removed and I was prescribed Vicodin, she instead gave me Tylenol and the medication was never picked up.
I don’t care about what the media, commenters, or anyone on that matter has to say. What I do care about is my Mother who I have known for my entire life. She is a Tiger Mom that loves her children and grandson. That would call us her “Precious Cargo,” while driving around at exactly the speed limit in South Florida that she adopted the “fly over,” hand signal even with the barrage of horns going off.
At the end of the day, I do believe in facts above all else. I am not the joking person and can be overly sarcastic much to my Mothers chagrin. However, my Mom, who at times I think puts Jaxton on a higher pedestal, would never endanger his life for alcohol let alone drugs. After all, I have many years of experience, seeing how my Mom, a survivor in every right, wouldn’t do this with her own children. Those are my facts. Whether it is read or not, does not truly matter. At the end of the day, I am on my families side and will not tolerate anyone besmirching their character.