- State Department: ‘No American is proud’ of certain CIA tactics
- Drug-filled drone crash outside S.C. prison sends police on alert
- GOP to Obama: Take your ‘golf cap off’ and get down to coal country
- Hamas cleric tells Jews: ‘We will exterminate you’
- San Diego Costco, Target shoppers shocked by plane crash in parking lot
- George W. Bush penning biography of father
- Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
- Spain evacuates staff from embassy in Libya
- Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola fears; 2 volunteers isolated
- House overwhelmingly approves $16 billion cash infusion for VA overhaul
P.G. council member to fight reckless driving ticket
Question of the Day
A Prince George’s County Council member plans to fight the reckless driving ticket she was issued after police said she was seen driving more than 100 mph on the Capital Beltway.
A trial has been scheduled for April 20 in Prince George’s County District Court at the request of council member Karen R. Toles.
Ms. Toles previously paid a $90 fine after a county police officer ticketed her for an unsafe lane change and gave her a warning for excessive speed last month. Facing scrutiny over whether Ms. Toles received preferential treatment when she was pulled over, top brass and legal experts from the police department reviewed the incident and issued a $510 ticket for reckless driving.
District court records show Ms. Toles, Suitland Democrat, requested a hearing in the reckless driving case March 12, five days after she called a news conference to offer a brief apology for the incident.
“I offer my utmost and sincere apologies for this to my constituents and colleagues as well as all county residents,” Ms Toles said on March 7. “I trust that we can now move forward with the very important business of the county.”
Before being issued the more serious reckless driving ticket, which would also add six points to her driving record, Ms. Toles said she intended to pay the fine for the initial traffic violation.
She did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday to explain why she was choosing to contest the additional ticket.
Police have said a speeding ticket was not issued at the time because the officer, who is now expected to appear as a witness in the court case, did not have a radar gun and was unable to determine Ms. Toles‘ exact speed. Officials, however, said the officer reached speeds of up to 105 mph in the 55 mph zone trying to catch up with Ms. Toles‘ county-owned car.
At the beginning of March, the County Council banned her from using her county-owned vehicle until the traffic citation is resolved.
Ms. Toles was ticketed four other times in the past three years for traffic offenses, according to online Maryland court records.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- GSA picks 3 sites as finalists for new FBI headquarters
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Computer glitch caused odd Saturday release of D.C. guns ruling
- Federal judge rules D.C. ban on handguns in public is unconstitutional
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
- Geraldo Rivera: Matt Drudge 'doing his best to stir up a civil war'
- Al Gore's climate-changers at EPA hearings foiled by cool temperatures
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- EDITORIAL: The real Lois Lerner exposed in newly released emails
- NAPOLITANO: Is the president incompetent or lawless?
- House votes to sue President Obama over claims of presidential power
- 'Big Bang' star Mayim Bialik helps send bulletproof vests to IDF
- Lois Lerner hated conservatives, new emails show
- Star witness in Bob McDonnell corruption trial refutes 'crush' defense
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world