A rookie Dallas police officer erred when he cited a woman earlier this month for being a non-English speaking driver, reports the city’s Morning News. Officer Gary Bromley issued a citation Oct. 2 to Ernestina Mondragon, 48, after stopping her for making an illegal U-turn. No such language charge exists. A police spokesman called it a “sincere mistake,” although he added, “There’s no excuse for it.”
That charge and a charge of failure to present a driver’s license were dropped. Bromley, 33, is a trainee officer. Mondragon’s daughter Brenda Mondragon said her mother was rushing to take her younger sister to school that day and did not see the “no U-turn” sign. Records show Ernestina Mondragon has a driver’s license, but her daughter said she had forgotten it. She said her mother, a native Spanish speaker, speaks limited English.