Blood test shows Angela West not intoxicated at time of arrest on suspicion of DWI


A blood test taken hours after Angela West was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated last month shows that she had not been drinking the night she was taken into custody. 

The blood test’s results, released Wednesday, show that the wife of Republican Texas gubernatorial candidate Allen West tested negative for alcohol and drugs the night she was arrested, her attorney, George Milner, confirmed.

The Dallas district attorney’s office said Wednesday afternoon that it had rejected the case after reviewing the results.

“We sincerely appreciate District Attorney John Creuzot’s diligence in this matter,” Milner said in a written statement. “This is the right result, and we appreciate that honest justice was swift.”

West was arrested the evening of Aug. 20 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated while her grandson was in the car, police said.

She had been pulled over about 8:45 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Northwest Highway, near Harry Hines Boulevard.

On Aug. 23, Dallas police released a 19-minute video that included dash-cam and body-cam footage from the night of the arrest.

Allen West posted Wednesday afternoon on Twitter that he expects the entire video of his wife’s arrest to be released by the department. He also said he expects an apology.

“My wife’s honor and reputation should have never been assailed,” he said.

The arresting officer suspected that West was intoxicated and performed a sobriety test, which led to the arrest, Dallas police Chief Eddie García said.

West had agreed to a sobriety test after she was pulled over, according to the affidavit. In the footage police released, she can be seen completing several parts of the test.

Milner said he thinks the arresting officer made a “really bad mistake,” and he hopes Dallas police will provide officers with updated training.

“I appreciate that Chief García respects and backs up his officers,” Milner said. “It’s his right, and I appreciate that he does that.”

Dallas police said in an email that the officer decided to arrest West based on “information available to her at that time.”

“The purpose of addressing the media and releasing the video footage of the suspected DUI arrest of Mrs. Angela West was not to prove guilt or innocence, but to show the interaction between the officer and Mrs. West, because of the accusations regarding the encounter,” the written statement said.

After his wife’s arrest, Allen West posted on social media, excoriating the police for the handling of the situation.

“I support the thin blue line, but this is insidious,” West said in a video then. “They put my grandson at risk, at jeopardy, left him with a couple of police officers, and carted his grandmother into jail.”

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