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Constable Fry arrested over April 5 incident

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The Ellis County Press

FORT WORTH – Ben Fry, Precinct 1’s constable, turned himself into Fort Worth police on a warrant issued stemming from an April 5 incident at Cardona’s Mexican restaurant.

Fry asked for his alcohol charges on his bill to be discounted because he received poor service.

The owner said he could only discount five percent off the bill, but Fry reportedly became angry and grabbed a waitresses’ wrist, pushed her and demanded that she show him the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license, in which he reportedly tore off the wall.

Fry could not comment, pending the advice of his lawyer, he said.

The warrant was issued for official oppression, according to police.

Fry won the Precinct 1 primary on March 4 with 51 percent of the vote against Ellis County fire marshal Jim Pharr.

Pharr, who said he had personal feelings about Fry’s arrest, said "I don’t wish to be on record."

Constable Fry moved to Ellis County in 1999 and volunteered as a reserve deputy for an Ellis County constable’s office until elected in 2002 to his current office.

Fry, who has no general election opponent, has since been released on bail and is charged with official oppression, a class A misdemeanor.

If convicted he could face up to a $4,000 fine and one year in prison.

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