Last July, a Texas police officer pulled over a vehicle he suspected was being operated by a drunk driver. Despite a breath test showing she was over the legal limit, the officer let the driver walk and arrested a passenger instead, and it can all be seen on footage captured on the car's dashcam.

A series of questionable events unfolded after the Ferris police officer pulled over a car he suspected of drunk driving. The officer asked the driver to get out of the car. He then administered a breath test to her. As he explained how the device works, the two can be heard laughing and joking.

The woman blew a .136, which is over the Texas legal limit of .08. Despite this, the officer told her was going to let her go this time, and allowed her to walk home. The woman also had an unsecured child in the car. That combination is considered a felony offense.

Then, the officer approached the 22-year-old passenger in the car, suspecting her of also being intoxicated. He asked her to get out of the car, then asked how many drinks she had had that night. The woman told the officer she had two drinks earlier in the night but insisted that she wasn't drunk. She even offered to take a Breathalyzer test. The officer refused to administer a breath test and arrested the woman for public intoxication.

The woman says she was humiliated after being taken to jail, saying she didn't feel she belonged there. She hired an attorney to fight the charges. Her attorney said she was appalled at how differently the officer treated her client from the suspected drunk driver. She added that her client did not have any obligation to act flirtatious toward the officer and should not be expected to give up any civil rights when speaking with him.

After the footage was shown in court, prosecutors immediately dismissed the case. The 22-year-old may sue the city to gain compensation for legal fees.

The Ferris police chief says he supports the decision the officer made in the field.

Source: KVUE: "Officer friendly to one female suspect, but not the other," Brett Shipp, 22 March 2011