CNN — Texas Lieutenant Governor, David Dewhurst, is catching flack for a call he made to a local police department in an effort to spring a relative from jail.
According to Dewhurst's Press Secretary, the 46-year-old suspect is Dewhurst's niece.
She was arrested for shoplifting at a grocery store.
In the taped phone call, the clearly frustrated state leader is heard demanding to talk to the most senior officer at the Allen Police Department, calling the arrest a mistake.
Dewhurst's press secretary released a statement saying the Lieutenant Governor acted as a family member in an attempt to find out how to post bail for his niece.