Palm Beach Gardens, FL – A Florida television anchorwoman who taunted police and made racist comments during her drunk driving arrest in December was welcomed back to work after the charges against her were dismissed (video below).
Bodycam footage captured the arrest of 28-year-old WPBF weekend news anchor Farron Salley, who took a two-month leave after her Dec. 15, 2018 arrest, the Daily Mail reported.
It was unclear whether Salley’s leave was of her own accord or if she was suspended by the news station.
Salley was pulled over on Alternate State Road A1A by Palm Beach Garden Police Officer Cameron Carver at approximately 10:20 p.m., after he spotted her driving without taillights, The Palm Beach Post reported.
After Officer Carver notified Salley that she appeared to be driving with only her daytime lights activated, she turned her nighttime lights on and began playing with her cell phone, bodycam footage showed.
“What’s wrong?” the officer asked her early in the stop.
“You,” she retorted. “I don’t feel like being pulled over right now.”
Salley complained about having been stopped while her passenger appeared to gather paperwork for the officer.
“How much have you had to drink tonight ma’am?” the officer asked her at one point.
Salley told him she’d had “one drink,” at which point Officer Carver that he detected a “pretty strong smell” coming from her breath.
“I don’t care what you have to say,” she replied, not looking up from her cell phone.
Officer Carver ultimately had Salley step out of her vehicle to perform field sobriety tests.
“The law doesn't work for people who look like me,” she said at one point. “But that’s okay.”
Salley also issued a warning to her fiancé while she was performing her field sobriety tests.
“Watch out – they may shoot you even though you’re not black!” she told her.
“K, that was a very racist comment,” Officer Carver noted.
“Yeah it was,” she retorted. “I have a Master’s degree! What do you have?”
Officer Carver later placed Salley into handcuffs, and calmly explained to her that her performance on her field sobriety tests indicated to him that she was “impaired,” the video showed.
“I’m a cocky son of a gun, but I passed all these tests,” she argued, noting that she worked down the street for a television station. “I’m a model citizen! You’re making a scene right now in front of an area where I’m on TV!”
After being placed in the back of the patrol car, the handcuffed anchorwoman managed to release herself from her seat belt and tried to walk out into the intersection, the Daily Mail reported.
Salley was returned to the patrol car, where she continued to cry and mumble during the trip to the jail.
“It’s ‘cause I’m black,” she said at one point. “This is so racial.”
According to the arrest report, Officer Carver noted that Salley’s eyes were bloodshot and her pupils were dilated. She also refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.
She subsequently told jail staff that she has been diagnosed with “borderline personality disorder,” but was unable to recall the name of her medication, the Daily Mail reported.
Salley was released from jail on her own recognizance several hours later, according to The Palm Beach Post.
The Palm Beach County State Attorney ultimately dismissed the charge against her.
“Although there was probable cause to make an arrest, the evidence cannot prove all legally required elements,” prosecutors said in a memo on Feb. 8, according to the paper.
In February, Salley addressed her arrest on the WPBF website.
“I’d like to take a quick break from our news coverage to share something very personal with you,” the statement read, according to The Palm Beach Post. “This is my first day back to work since mid-December when I was arrested.”
“I’d like to make it clear that I am innocent of this,” the anchorwoman declared. “A fair investigation [led] to all charges against me being dropped. I thank the men and women working hard to protect us all on the road. I regret my behavior and not showing them the respect they deserve the night I was pulled over.”
Salley apologized to her employer, and thanked them for their “endless support,” but said nothing about the racial comments she made to police.
WPBF President and General Manager Caroline Taplett said that the news outlet is “pleased” that Salley “worked through the legal process,” and that they are “happy to have her back on the air,” The Palm Beach Post reported.
You can watch bodycam footage from Salley’s arrest in the video below: