New bride Jade Puckett is so upset about a photograph of her in her wedding dress that she’s filed a complaint with the Harris County Precinct 8 Constable’s office.
The picture was taken as she waited to go before a justice of the peace on a public intoxication charge. It’s not the kind of photograph most brides put at the front of their wedding albums.
That it was posted on several news Internet sites — complete with sometimes cutting remarks from viewers — didn’t make her feel any better about the ordeal.
“It had turned the best day of my life into my greatest nightmare,” she said in her complaint, filed Wednesday.
Precinct 8 Chief Deputy Constable Phil Sandlin said Thursday that an officer in his department would investigate the complaint. He said the office would have no comment until after the investigation.
Jade and Billy Puckett, both 26, were married Saturday afternoon and then went to their reception. About midnight they were headed to their wedding night hotel when they were stopped as part of a “March Madness” push by Harris County deputies to get drunken drivers off the roads. He was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Officers said they charged her with public intoxication after she became belligerent.
Sunday afternoon the new bride pleaded guilty to the public intoxication charge in exchange for being released for time served. Her groom’s family made his bail.
The complaint isn’t about the charges, Jade Puckett said, but about the way she was later treated.
She said as she sat in a justice of the peace courtroom in Clear Lake, a man came into the room and took pictures of her in her wedding dress. She doesn’t know who the man was.
“The picture he took of me has been plastered across the media,” she said. “They have used my face and picture for the poster child of this sting operation.” She said viewer comments on Internet Web sites called her degrading and racial names.
The photo didn’t end her problems that night, she said.
Once at the jail she said she was put in a cell with 15 or 20 other women. She wasn’t allowed to change clothes, she said.
Three different times male jailers opened the cell door to show her to other jailers, she said. “The male guards seemed to be enjoying themselves,” she said.