Published: Aug 12, 2010 11:47 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 12, 2010 8:47 PM EDT

An investigation is underway after a Houston woman was apparently able to get a speeding ticket dismissed by putting out a plea on Facebook.

The Houston Police Department is looking to see if any laws were broken, particularly involving one of its officers.

There was a report about a Facebook post that put out a blanket request for  help in getting several traffic tickets fixed.

In the post, a woman identifying herself as a chief investigator for the Houston Fire Department responded, saying she knew the police officer involved. She then offered to help out.

Within minutes that investigator allegedly wrote that the tickets would be taken care of.  Four and a half hours later she wrote again that the officer had ripped up the tickets.  The exchange caused the HFD to ask the City Office of Inspector General to conduct an investigation.

The Houston Firefighter's Union says the person who posted the request is the daughter of a veteran fire fighter who recently died.  They say she was out making funeral arrangements when she was ticketed by police. Had she just explained her case in court, experts say the judge would likely have gone easy on her.

The names of those involved in the case have not been released.