Woman who was wrongly arrested wants answers

DA's Office: Mistake was an "administrative glitch"

Rana Novini, Anchor/Reporter, r.novini@krdo.com
POSTED: 10:31 PM MDT Mar 18, 2013    UPDATED: 10:32 PM MDT Mar 18, 2013 
PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. -

The Pueblo County District Attorney's Office claims an administrative glitch caused a Pueblo woman to be wrongly arrested.

Teresa Lewis stopped a domestic violence dispute in a Pueblo Wells Fargo parking lot last summer.  She agreed to testify in court as a witness.  She showed up to court at 8:30 a.m. twice, but the trial kept getting postponed, she said.  The third time, her car broke down in Colorado Springs. She was an hour late, but said she still testified.

"She showed up," said Allen McGowan, Lewis' husband. "She was late [because of] car trouble.  Things happen to people.  This is the real world.  Cars break down.  Mechanical things break.  She showed up.  She testified.  They said they cleared the bench warrant. They didn't."

Lewis told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that she went to a pawn shop to get her grandfather's gun on Friday.  The shop ran a background check on her and it showed an outstanding warrant.  Within an hour, officers showed up at her door with the warrant for her arrest.

"[The officer] said, 'Got a warrant for your arrest, no bond.'  And I was like, 'Wait, woah, what?' He said, 'Failure to appear.' And I said, 'Woah I appeared!' And he said, 'Well we got a warrant for you, we're going,'" said Lewis.

Pueblo Police Sgt. Eric Gonzales said the arresting officer did nothing wrong in this case.

"If that person has a warrant, police officers have no choice but to act on that demand of the court and arrest that person," he said.

The Pueblo County District Attorney's Office said the case is handled by a judge and his or her office and that the mistake was probably an administrative glitch. KRDO NewsChannel 13 has placed numerous calls to the court but the calls have not been returned. 

Lewis told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that she will call the courthouse on Tuesday and expects someone to be held accountable for the mistake.

"I want the person that was supposed to do their job to be fired," Lewis said. "I went to jail, I was humiliated and treated like a dog."