2nd city official resigns over clash with Texas beauty queen

Former Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews (Commerce Police Department photo)
Former Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews (Commerce Police Department photo)

COMMERCE, Texas (AP) — A Northeast Texas school board member has resigned a day after a police chief stepped down following a confrontation the two had with a woman who was Miss Black Texas 2016.

Commerce board member Michael Beane resigned Tuesday, citing a backlash and threats against him for his role in the May clash with Carmen Ponder.

An evading arrest charge against Ponder, a 23-year-old college student, was dropped for what prosecutors say was lack of evidence. She initially had said Chief Kerry Crews was a white driver who made racial and sexist comments after a traffic-related dispute. Authorities later determined a store parking-lot confrontation, after Ponder passed a vehicle, involved another white man teaching his daughter to drive.

Beane acknowledged becoming angry following a traffic altercation with Ponder and following her to a store.

In a statement read to the Commerce City Council Monday, Kerry Crews said he was resigning because of the stress and burden of the job since Ponder’s arrest. KDFW-TV of Dallas and Fort Worth reported that Crews did not attend the Monday night meeting.

Crews happened to be at the store and intervened. He said in a statement that Ponder was disrespectful and he became “emotional.”

Information from: KDFW-TV, http://www.myfoxdfw.com