The Chief of the Commerce Police Department has been put on administrative leave pending an outside investigation into a weekend incident involving a former pageant titleholder.
Kerry Crews, who has been with the Commerce Police Department for more than 25 years, was put on leave this week following accusations that the police chief had called a woman a derogatory name and the police department detained the individual on what is being called a wrongful arrest.
Carmen Ponder, winner of the 2016 Miss Black Texas pageant, alleges that an altercation on Saturday between herself and Crews led to her being detained and arrested on charges of evading arrest.
According to a Twitter post by Ponder on Tuesday, she was driving to the Walmart in Commerce on the night of May 20 when a black truck cut in front of her car and began driving erratically. Ponder said she turned on her blinker, pulled around to pass the truck and then drove into the Walmart parking lot.
According to Ponder, the black truck followed her and pulled up next to her car. She said the passenger, later identified as Crews, exited the truck and yelled that he was teaching his daughter how to drive and that she should not have passed his truck.
Ponder said she ignored the man at first but eventually told him that that was illegal before she walked into the store.
“He continued yelling and cussing me out and I finally turned around and said ‘It’s illegal,’ when he kept saying that it was a 14 year old driving,” Ponder said. “That’s when he screamed ‘oh whatever, you black (expletive)!”
After making a purchase at the store, Ponder said when she walked out of the store she was charged at by several other officers in plain clothes.
According to a report, Ponder’s attorney, Lee Merritt, said that “One of them shoved his badge in her face,…