A young woman named Leah Dure was reportedly asleep in the passenger seat of a car when a Texas police officer (Harker Heights) allegedly forced her from the vehicle and slammed her to the ground, accusing her of driving under the influence.
According to Attorney Lee Merritt, Leah had attended a New Year’s Eve party with her boyfriend, and she had been drinking. When her boyfriend’s eye was injured, Leah rode with him to a local emergency room and fell asleep in the car while he went inside for treatment.
Merritt alleges that Leah woke up when a white male officer she identified as Officer Wood dragging her from the car and "banging her face into the concrete while accusing her of DUI."
"She was taken to jail and was further physically assaulted by the officer she identified by his badge as Officer Wood as she tried to explain she was not driving, she doesn’t know how to drive, this was not her car," Merritt wrote. "Leah was not charged with DUI. She was instead mischarged with public intoxication in a bizarre attempt to justify her unlawful arrest."
Merritt has called for the officer in question to be terminated and charged with a crime.