A Texas police chief resigned amid fallout from the controversial arrest of a local beauty queen earlier this year.
News of Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews resignation came during a City Council meeting Monday night when the law firm tasked with investigating the May arrest of Carmen Ponder presented its findings, local station Fox4 reported.
The actual passenger turned out to be local Commerce ISD school board trustee Michael Beane, who was teaching his 14-year-old daughter how to drive, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Though Crews was not present at Monday’s meeting, the mayor read a statement on his behalf.
Crews said it was the stress and burden of the job since Ponder’s arrest that ultimately led him to step down as police chief.
“This is an exciting time to be in Commerce,” he wrote. “And I am excited to continue to be able to contribute to the city in this new role.”
Despite Crews’ resignation, Ponder and her attorney are still pursuing legal action. They still believe his actions were racially motivated and argued that the charges filed against Ponder was unfounded.