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Arrested for drunk driving, an Albuquerque woman tried to flip the script on an Albuquerque Police officer, accusing him of sexual assault. Cops say 23-year-old Deanna Griego padded her bra with something extra as she was placed under arrest for DWI earlier this month.
It turns out that's what ended up giving her away.
Griego slipped her cell phone into her bra just before she was taken into custody. Albuquerque Police say she used it to hatch a false sexual assault accusation against the cop who arrested her.
When she was stopped for DWI, Griego first tried charming the officer.
"I'm going to school for being a cop," she tells APD officer Jared Frazier, seen on his lapel cam.
Then she tried explaining.
"[I have a] speech impairment. It's embarrassing," she said.
Officer Fazier responds quickly, "Oh me too, it's no big deal."
Then Griego tried to make sure she was following directions. She asks several times if she starts a field sobriety test with her right foot, or left. Frazier answers "right" every time.
It didn't go too well.
Frazier arrested Griego for DWI. She blew a .13 blood alcohol content at the station, way over the legal limit of .08.
Then she said she had to pee.
"Bathroom's on your left," said Frazier, taking off Griego's cuffs. "Your other left. There we go."
Fraizer says he heard Griego talking in the bathroom, asking "How can I get this officer in trouble?"
Then he remembered Griego had slipped her cell phone into her bra back at the stop. It's clear on the officer's lapel cam video.
"You're not allowed to do that," said Frazier, opening the bathroom door a few inches. "Go ahead and step out. You're on the phone; you need to step out."
From inside the bathroom, Griego argues with Officer Frazier and says he's violating her rights by opening the door. He points out he can't see her, and then comes this accusation:
"[You were] inappropriately touching me while I was waiting in the car," said Griego.
"Please don't touch me," she said, coming out of the bathroom.
"The whole thing's on video ma'am; you can say whatever you like," Frazier responded.
Frazier tells his fellow officers.
"Now she's saying I touched her when I put her in the car," he said.
But when Griego asked for medical attention, Frazier called EMTs.
"Basically the whole thing's on video," he tells the paramedics. "She's accusing me of touching her."
APD says a sex crimes sergeant and detective conducted a full investigation and cleared Officer Frazier of the allegations.
APD union president Stephanie Lopez released this statement about the incident:
"The desire to frame officers for wrongdoing is a growing issue facing officers every day. We believe that the public should be held accountable for filing false reports against police officers. These incidents can be very damaging to an officer's career, so we hope that this individual and others face appropriate consequences for their malicious actions."
So far, Griego is not facing any additional charges for making the claim, but APD spokesman Tanner Tixier says it's not out of the question.