Former South Liberty County Peace Officer Arrested

CHILDRESS COUNTY February 13, 2015 – A former City of Daisetta Police Officer and Pct. 2 Deputy Constable was arrested in Childress County Texas for stopping a car with women and terrorizing them. Duwayne Marcolesco was the Chief of Police of Etelline, TX. He is no longer the police chief of that north Texas city. Marcolesco left Liberty County around three years ago. The population of Estelline was estimated at 141 in 2013. In 2012, Estelline was ranked #1 in a National Motorists Association listing of its "Worst Speed Trap Cities" in North America (with a population of less than 50,000). A highly publicized 2013 civil rights case revealed that 89 percent of Estellines 2012 gross revenue came from asset forfeiture and traffic fine revenue.

In September 2013, a federal suit was filed by Laura Dutton, alleging that the cities of Estelline and Memphis, former Officer Jayson Fry and Memphis Police Chief Chris Jolly violated her Fourth Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure when she was arrested Nov. 28, 2012, in Estelline on a felony money laundering charge, seizing more than $29,000 from her pickup and keeping $1,400 of her cash. The city maintained no written records of past searches or seizures, yet traffic fines and forfeitures made up more than 89 percent of its gross revenues in fiscal year 2012. The cities and the officers denied her claims, but in July 2014, the city of Estelline and City of Memphis authorities settled with Dutton for $77,500.

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