Hispanic woman continues to question arrest - WKRN News 2

Hispanic woman continues to question arrest


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Hispanic woman claiming racial discrimination after she was pulled over by officers in Berry Hill appeared in court Friday.

Juana Villegas De La Paz was nine months pregnant when Berry Hill police pulled her over and arrested her.

A few days later, her water broke and she was taken to the hospital to deliver Gael, her new baby boy.

Both she and her attorney, Elliott Ozment, claim they do not know why Berry Hill officers pulled her over in the first place and furthermore, why she was arrested and not issued a citation like most others would have been.

Villegas was cited for careless driving and passing improperly.  She was also cited for not having proof of insurance.

Friday she appeared in court to dispute those claims.

Judge Larry Cantrell dismissed the careless driving charge because the officer failed to document the correct spot the traffic stop occurred.

Villegas wants the remaining charges thrown out and continues to question why she was detained and booked into the Metro jail and not issued a citation.

Ozment told News 2 he plans on appealing the citation for financial responsibility for not having insurance.

Berry Hill police said the arresting officer, Tim Coleman, treated Villegas respectfully according to policies of the department.

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