A woman whose car had an offensive message aimed at President Donald Trump and his supporters was arrested on an outstanding warrant, CBS reported.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said that Karen Fonseca was arrested 2 p.m. Thursday on fraud charges that were issued in August by the Rosenberg Police Department. As CBS reported, she was booked in the county jail on Thursday, and her bond was set at $1,500.
Local outlet Click2Houston elaborated on the charges, saying the warrant was for “fraudulent use/possession of information.”
She was released from jail on Thursday after her husband posted bond.
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said Fonseca could also face disorderly conduct charges over the offensive decal.
“It’s just our freedom of speech and we’re exercising it,” Fonseca, 46, told the Houston Chronicle.
Nehls on Wednesday posted a photo of the truck to Facebook, requesting to speak with the owner.
“I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359. If you know who owns this truck or it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you. Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it,” he wrote, according to Click2Houston.com.
Nehls also posted context about the disorderly conduct charge:
“(a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly: (1) uses abusive, indecent, profane, or vulgar language in a public place, and the language by its very utterance tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace; (2) makes an offensive gesture or display in a public place, and the gesture or display tends to incite an immediate breach of the peace.”
The Facebook post was removed on Thursday after the driver was identified. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office further explained the deletion of the Facebook post:
“The Sheriff made the post on his Personal page. The objective of the post was to find the owner/driver of the truck and have a conversation with them in order to prevent a potential altercation between the truck driver and those offended by the message. Since the owner of the truck has been identified, the Sheriff took down the post. Due to the hate messages he has been receiving towards his wife and children, the Sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further,” Click2Houston reported.
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