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'Don't do this please' | Emotional arrest of woman in Pearland caught on video

The incident was caught on camera. Police said the woman was arrested after driving away from a traffic stop and refusing to get out of her car.

PEARLAND, Texas — The Pearland Police Department said it has launched an administrative review of two officers involved in the arrest of a woman who claimed she was three weeks pregnant. That arrest was caught on camera Wednesday morning.

Officers used a Taser on the woman. The video was sent to KHOU 11 News from a viewer.

According to sources, the woman in the video -- Johneisha Lewis -- is the sister of Deon Ledet, the man accused of killing Houston police officer Bill Jeffrey and wounding Sgt. Michael Vance when they showed up to his northeast-side apartment to serve an arrest warrant earlier this week. Deon Ledet was killed in the shootout.

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Pearland police said Lewis was pulled over for speeding in a school zone in the 2000 block of Kirby Drive. They said she was going 48 mph in a 20 mph zone.

KHOU 11's David González reported Wednesday afternoon, according to the Brazoria County Jail administrator, Lewis faces two Class C charges, and she pleaded not guilty.  

Watch more of the video in the clips below. Warning: Some people may find these videos hard to watch.

"As he (the officer) approached the vehicle, the driver was immediately irate with him," Pearland police Sgt. Summer Neal said.

Police said Lewis drove away in the middle of the initial traffic stop.

Authorities said the officer followed Lewis into a nearby neighborhood, where she stopped her vehicle a second time. A second officer arrived and authorities said they gave her several commands to get out of her car, but she resisted.

Police said they deployed the Taser when Lewis grabbed an officer's arm and made a sudden reaching motion to the backseat of her car.

In the video, you can hear Lewis pleading with the officers. Onlookers can be heard trying to diffuse the situation.

"Calm down. Calm down," one person was heard saying in the video. "It's better if you calm down."

You can then hear an officer breaking Lewis' car window while a child is crying in the backseat. You can then see officers trying to pull her out of the vehicle.

Then you hear the sound of the Taser, and Lewis saying she is three weeks pregnant. She can be heard mentioning her brother, saying he was killed two days ago by police.

"Do you really need to do that?" the witness can be heard saying in the video.
"Y'all need to stop."

Authorities said Lewis was checked out by emergency responders before she was taken to the Brazoria County Jail. She was charged with evading and resisting arrest.

The child was released to family members at the scene, authorities said.

"We are extensively trained in de-escalation and we always try our best to handle situations without resorting to force. Unfortunately, sometimes we are not given that option and then we do what we need to do, per our training, to effect a safe, controlled arrest," Neal said.

Wednesday night, the Ledet family said they're waiting to speak to Lewis before commenting on the incident.

The officers are not on administrative leave but Pearland PD said the review of what happened is ongoing.

The officers were wearing cameras. That footage has been requested by KHOU 11 News.

Lewis spoke to KHOU 11's David Gonzalez after leaving the Brazoria County Jail on Thursday. You can watch more of David's story on KHOU 11 at 6 p.m. 

Editor's note: When this story was initially posted, we were not identifying the woman who was arrested and had her face blurred.