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Witnesses furious

The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – A Dallas County Sheriff’s Department deputy was caught street racing Sunday evening, but when his employment was made known to Ferris police, he was allowed to escape punishment, according to three eye witnesses who reported the incident.

According to the witnesses, three vehicles were involved in the illegal drag race on Ferris Road, which reportedly included a black Trans-Am driven by the DCSD deputy, the identity of which was not released as of press time.

A spokeswoman for Sheriff Lupe Valdez, running for re-election against Republican Lowell Cannaday, said the department was not aware of the situation.

Repeated e-mails and phone calls to the Cannaday campaign were not returned.

Ferris Police Chief Frank Mooney said his office was investigating the incident, specifically the allegation that his officers allowed for the deputy to not be cited for anything, but the three eyewitnesses said the Trans-Am was racing a maroon colored truck.

When contacted by one of the witnesses after the deputy was let go, Ferris police reportedly said they did it because "he’s a county boy."

The deputy reportedly lives in the City of Wilmer, north of Ferris.

Buck Werner, who is actively campaigning for Cannaday in the southern Dallas County area, said the situation could pose "major problems" for Valdez’ campaign.

"If it would have been me, I’d have been put in jail and charged," said Werner, whose wife Cindy is running for state board of education. "We got the same problem [here] with a police officer who hit someone on a bike and killed him. He was driving 70 [miles per hour]. I’d have been charged with manslaughter.

"The question is, does the law apply equally to everyone?"

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