A sheriff’s deputy allowed a Wichita woman to get a goodbye kiss from her boyfriend as she was arrested during a “COPS” television episode that aired last month.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after a traffic stop went into the parking lot of a south Wichita bar.
A clip of the arrest, titled “Stand By Me,” was shared to the “COPS” Facebook page and posted on the TV show’s website. It comes from season 32 episode 23, “Not Up for Debate,” which aired Feb. 24 on the Paramount Network.TOP ARTICLES ‘This is absurd’: Parents, students angry over Kansas closing schools for coronavirus
Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Tim Myers confirmed the episode featured the July 23 arrest of Crystal Lee McKee. Jail booking reports show the arrest happened at 1602 S. Meridian, the address of A & J’s Music Room.
She has not been formally charged in connection to the case, Sedgwick County District Court records show. A spokesman for the district attorney’s office said law enforcement had not presented the case for prosecution.
In the episode, Deputy Kaleb Dailey said he observed a driver “cross over into the intersection” before coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. He “lit her up,” and she pulled into a parking lot, where she got out of the vehicle to meet her boyfriend.
The deputy told her she was the subject of a traffic stop and asked for her driver’s license. She denied that it was a traffic stop and refused to provide her identification.
Dailey suspected she was intoxicated and warned her that she would be arrested if she didn’t comply.
McKee was then arrested. She resisted, yelling with slurred words:
“Let me give you my ID. What the hell is wrong with this? Why are you grabbing me like this in front of people?”
“Baby get him off of me,” she said to her boyfriend as the deputy took her to the ground. “Why are you doing this to me?”
After the struggle, Dailey noticed glass shards falling out of her pocket, which he suspected were from a broken crack pipe. A search of the vehicle turned up a Crown Royal whiskey bottle in the green “regal apple” bag. It was open and “kind of spilling all over the place,” the deputy said, tightening the lid.
Her purse contained a crack pipe and a switchblade knife, which was illegal for her to possess due to prior felony convictions. Kansas Department of Corrections records show McKee, now age 45, has several prior convictions in Sedgwick County, including aggravated battery, DUI, flee and elude and drug possession crimes.
She also had $200-$300 in low-dollar cash denominations at the time of her arrest, which Dailey said was “consistent with drug proceeds.”
McKee, who was intoxicated, had driven to the bar to pick up her boyfriend, who was sober, according to the episode description.
As she sat in the back of the patrol car, she asked to hug her boyfriend.
“She wanted to say goodbye to him,” Dailey said. “He seemed pretty emotionally upset, on the verge of tears almost. I asked him what he was doing hanging out. He told me that he didn’t want her to see him drive off because he didn’t want her to feel like he was abandoning her in that situation.”
The boyfriend was allowed to approach the patrol car.
“Get me out,” McKee said.
The boyfriend leaned in, and they kissed.
“I’m sorry, babe,” she said.
“She said that he was her life,” Dailey said. “They both talked back and forth like they were deeply in love for each other.” https://www.kansas.com/news/local/crime/article240816916.html