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Arrested Waxahachie man complains officer left pregnant fiancée in the heat

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - A Waxahachie man said he is angry at a female traffic officer for leaving his young seven-month pregnant fiancée stranded in the Texas heat July 11 around 12:30 p.m., after he was arrested for outstanding traffic warrants.

Christopher Sell said anything could have happened to her out in the heat.

Heather Canada, the 17-year-old pregnant woman, said she was left alone in the mid-day heat with temperatures hovering near the triple-digit mark by Waxahachie Lieutenant Billie Pendleton

Pendleton said she left Canada only after her dispatcher told her someone would be picking up Canada from the Sonic on Highway 77 in about 15 minutes.

Sell said he thought Pendleton would stay with his young fiancée to make sure she was okay and in an air conditioned vehicle until someone could arrive at the restaurant to pick her up.

'I have no complaint against the department whatsoever - just that one officer,' Sell said

'She could have waited until Heather's ride could show up. Everyone else was really nice and polite.'

Pendleton said she left Canada under an awning for shade waiting for her ride to show up.

'We'll call (a friend or family member) for them most of the time and make sure they have a ride on the way,' Pendleton said.

Sell said, 'I asked the officer if her mom or my brother could pick her (Canada) and the car up.'

Pendleton said officers usually do not have time to take people home after the person they are riding with are arrested, however, if an elderly person or child was stranded, Pendleton said most cops would usually take them home.

Pendleton said police impounded the late 80s model Chrysler Fifth Avenue vehicle Sell was driving and because Heather did not have a driver's license, she was not permitted to drive the car home.

After stopping Sell for failure to stop at a signal light at the intersection of College and Marvin, Pendleton said he was then arrested for his traffic warrants out of Arlington.

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