The truck owner whose profane bumper sticker about President Trump sparked an uproar on social media has been released from jail, according to KHOU.
KHOU on Thursday reported that Karen Fonseca of Fort Bend County, Texas was arrested that afternoon for an outstanding warrant from August.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said they made the arrest after receiving a tip about the warrant against Fonseca, which records show is for alleged fraud.
Mike Fonseca posted his wife's bond late Thursday, and she was released from jail approximately an hour later amid controversy over the decal on their truck.
"I'm almost certain it does have to do with this," Karen Fonseca said of the message. "People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks. When you're in politics, people know how to work the system."
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls on Wednesday caused a stir online by warning the Fonsecas of disorderly conduct charges over their truck's sticker.
Karen Foscea said her and her husband have had the sticker - which reads "F--K TRUMP and F--K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM" - for nearly a year.
A Texas sheriff provoked outrage by threatening charges against a truck owner for their profane bumper sticker about President Trump, according to The Houston Chronicle.
The Chronicle on Wednesday reported that Fort Bend County, Texas Sheriff Troy Nehls warned of disorderly conduct charges over the decal in a Facebook post that day.
“I have received numerous calls regarding the offensive display on this truck as it is often seen along FM 359,” he wrote.
“If you know who owns this truck or if it is yours, I would like to discuss it with you,” Nehls continued.
“Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it.”
Nehls’ post had earned 2,500 likes, 17,000 comments and 9,300 shares early Thursday, and it did not display the truck’s license plate.
The controversial sticker reads “F—K TRUMP AND F—K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM” in all capital, bold letters.
The Chronicle reported that the driver identified herself as someone who used to work for Nehls in the Fort Bend County jail.
“It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” Karen Fonseca, 46, said. “It’s just our freedom of speech and we’re exercising it.”
Fonseca said that the truck belongs to her husband but that she often drives it, with the sticker having attracted attention multiple times before.
The Texas woman said that she and her spouse made the sticker after Trump was sworn into office last January.
Fonseca added that officers had pulled her over in the past over the message but failed to find a cause for issuing a ticket.
Nehls is a Republican who is also considering launching a bid for Congress, and his post was quickly disputed District Attorney John Healey (R).
“I did not believe it was a prosecutable case based on the definition of disorderly conduct,” he said.