Friendswood PD officer suspended as credibility in hundreds of her arrests are in doubt

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FRIENDSWOOD, Texas (KTRK) -- A Friendswood constabulary serviceman has been suspended with wage aft a justice ruled her an "unreliable and not a credible witness" successful 1 of the hundreds of cases nether reappraisal implicit their credibility.

Thirty of the DWI cases tied to Officer Sara Carter were dismissed by the Galveston County District Attorney's Office, and now, hundreds of different progressive cases investigated by her are being looked into.

Eyewitness News learned the nationalist corruption part wrong the Harris County District Attorney's Office is present reviewing 235 cases tied to Carter.

Attempts to scope Carter person been unsuccessful. The Friendswood Police Department declined an interrogation petition to talk with them astir her.

However, the section released this statement:

"The Friendswood Police Department is present successful receipt of the judge's signed bid dated July 9, 2021. The accusation contained successful the written bid is capable to unfastened an interior affairs investigation. This probe volition beryllium conducted by the Friendswood Police Department and extracurricular ineligible counsel assigned by Olson and Olson, LLP. As such, Officer Sara Carter's work presumption has changed from administrative permission to suspended with wage and she volition stay successful that presumption until the probe is complete."

In 2017, Carter became the absorption of an interior affairs probe aft a supervisor accused her of pulling radical implicit without immoderate probable cause.

"The probe revealed that portion the higher modular of 'probable cause' whitethorn not person been contiguous successful each cases astatine the clip of the stop, the due modular of 'reasonable suspicion' for Officer Carter's investigative stops was met successful each instances reviewed successful the investigation," wrote lawyer Brian Begle successful an email provided by Friendswood PD. "As such, the ailment was not sustained."

The Galveston County's District Attorney's Office told ABC13 they weren't made alert of the probe until April 2021. After reviewing the details of the report, the DA's bureau said it caused them interest and prompted prosecutors to disregard much than 30 DWI cases.

They besides notified each the lawyers representing the radical that Carter arrested.

Dan Krieger is simply a defence lawyer who precocious took a client's DWI lawsuit involving Carter to trial. Krieger said Carter provided untruthful courtroom grounds and motioned a justice to suppress her testimony. He besides asked the justice to regularisation connected whether Carter is simply a credible and reliable witness.

That determination could interaction each of her existent and erstwhile cases. Krieger said the 2017 probe is accusation that should person been made disposable sooner.

"The gist of it was that they didn't beryllium there," said Krieger. "She stated that if you were from a metropolis extracurricular of Friendswood, [such as] Pasadena, Texas City, La Marque, that was suspicion for her for you being successful Friendswood."

Below is the tribunal filing of 1 of the DWI cases successful which the justice yet dismissed connected Friday:

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