GEORGETOWN, Texas -- Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has spoken out about the phone call he made to the Allen Police Department on the night of August 3. He made the call on behalf of his nephew's wife, Ellen Bevers, whom Allen police had arrested for allegedly stealing $53 worth of groceries.
Dewhurst made the statement after speaking at the Texas Conservative Leadership Symposium in Georgetown on Saturday.
"How would you feel if you had two family members call and they were so distraught that they could barely talk?" Dewhurst said. "And so I simply wanted to know what the procedures were, what could be done, if anything."
Dewhurst said he's never had a family member arrested and didn't know the rules.
"I'm the type of guy that I care for family," Dewhurst said. "I care for my friends. I care for the people of Texas and I'm going to fight for them."
Several of Dewhurst's opponents in the running for the lieutenant governor position and other Texas lawmakers spoke out against Dewhurst's actions. Texas Senator Dan Patrick called the phone call "highly inappropriate."
Bevers was released the morning after she was arrested on a $500 personal recognizance bond. She is charged with shoplifting.