Midland woman pulled over by police without explanation

Midland woman pulled over by police without explanation
Midland police vehicle (Source: KWES)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - A Midland woman claims she felt scared, uncomfortable and confused when she was pulled over by police without an explanation.

It all happened Wednesday night around 9 p.m. at the intersection of Florida Avenue and Terrell Street in Midland.

"I did feel a little bit uncomfortable because I didn't know what was going on," said Zila, the woman who was pulled over.

Zila was pulled over by two Midland police officers and was asked for her ID, but things got worse after she realized she didn't have it.

"I remembered I left it in my purse at home and I told him I didn't have it. That's when he said 'Can you please step out of the vehicle?' I said 'Yes sir,'" said Zila.

Zila stepped out of her car, placed her hands behind her back and got searched with a pat down. Zila had her daughters in the back seat and was outside her vehicle about 10 minutes.

Her daughters started getting worried and so did she but what happened next might be the most surprising part.

"He told me 'you're free to go' but I was surprised because I didn't know what was going on. He never explained to me. I was scared," said Zila.

NewsWest 9 spoke with City of Midland Public Information Officer, Sara Bustilloz, who said, "A Field Training Officer (FTO) was training a probationary police officer when they pulled over a driver for failing to use a turning signal. The FTO allowed the new officer to conduct the traffic stop and the officers were called to an attempted suicide in the middle of the stop. The rush of the officers to tend to a higher priority call did not allow them the time to follow through with the entire interaction, which would have included giving a reason for the traffic stop."

Bustilloz also says Zila was asked to step out her vehicle because of an item in plain sight that the officers believed might call for further inspection.

After Zila learned of the missing pieces to the story, she said, "I've always told my kids not to be afraid of police officers and at that moment I did think, 'Am I doing the right thing?' But now that you're telling me that he was new and he's learning, well I guess we all learn and we learn by experiences."

According to the City of Midland, if you ask a police officer why you were stopped by law they have to give you a reason.

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