Father claims he was handcuffed for not giving phone number during traffic stop

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 30, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 10:40 PM

MISSOURI CITY, Texas -- A Missouri city father said he was handcuffed and humiliated for not giving a police officer his phone number during a simple traffic stop.

It happened Friday morning outside Lexington Creek Elementary.

Jonathian Few said he accidentally made an illegal left turn to drop off his 5-year-old son at school. He claimed that mistake ended with him in the back of a squad car.

“It was embarrassing. I was right at the entrance of the school where all the parents drop off their children, tons of cars, and everyone is looking my way,” Few said.

Few said it started when an officer began to cite him for the illegal turn.

Few said he first handed over his license then when the officer asked for a phone number, he refused.

“As soon as I told him, ‘no I will not give it to you,’ he became upset. He became very upset and said, ‘you’re going to jail.’ I said, ‘for not giving you my phone number?’ He said,’ yeah,’” Few said.

Few said he was handcuffed in front of his son. The principal took care of the 5-year-old before Few was driven away by the officer.

According to Few, the officer soon offered him a deal -- pay a $179 ticket at the courthouse and avoid being booked into jail.

“It’s either go to jail or pay us. That was the end of it. I didn’t want to go to jail so I had to pay,” Few said.

Based on Fews’ account, KHOU 11 News legal expert Gerald Treece believed the officer was out of line.

“You are obligated to identify yourself if the stop is legitimate, but a phone number is beyond the pale of what they have the right to ask,” Treece said.

Treece said handing over a phone number would only be relevant if police suspect you’re not who you say you are.

“Under the facts of this case, there’s no legitimate reason for the police to ask the person who’s already given his identification for a phone number,” Treece said.

Treece suggested that Few make the mayor aware of what happened.

Few was already dealing with Missouri City Police Department’s internal affairs division.

Missouri City Police would only tell KHOU that it is looking into Few’s claims.

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