Councilwoman Accused of Driving 105 mph

Karen Toles released a statement in response to the traffic stop.

A Prince George’s County councilwoman is facing a traffic fine after she was stopped by police for speeding along the Capital Beltway earlier this month, according to police.

Councilmember Karen Toles (D-Dist. 7) of Suitland was fined $90 and given a warning for excessive speeding Feb. 22, according to Prince George's County Police. Toles was reportedly traveling close to 105 mph—50 mph above the speed limit, according to WUSA9.

According to police, Toles was ticketed around noon that day near Branch Avenue.

Toles released the following statement:

“On Feb. 22, I received a citation for an unsafe lane change and a warning for speeding. I was leaving a meeting and was late for my next appointment,” she said.  “I consider moving violations serious matters and I regret the incident. I intend to pay the appropriate fine for these traffic violations.”

Toles has been cited before for "driving off a roadway while passing another vehicle" in September of 2010 and for an unsafe lane change in March of 2010, WUSA9 reported.

ms March 01, 2012 at 02:12 AM
And she will probably be reelected. I'm amazed at the number of criminals holding office in PG county.
Walter Darnall March 01, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I wonder what insurance company insures the PG County vehicles. Hopefully, the insurance company will be apprised of the councilwoman's irresponsible actions in this latest matter, plus her other two driving infractions. Just more wasted taxpayer dollars (via higher insurance premiums) to cover others irresponsible actions. Surely, the councilwoman is guilty of some infraction of county policy, standards of conduct, etc. for an elected official. I would hope the "good" tax paying folks of PG County would persue this matter and demand accountability. An example should be made, IMO. Hopefully, the councilwoman's personal automobile insurance will now go up, especially since she now has had three traffic violations within the past two years.
Amme Alessi March 01, 2012 at 04:48 AM
She is a habitually reckless driver and should be treated as such. Any officer providing her with "professional courtesy" is in dereliction of duty. It will be too late when one of these same officers that's given her a warning has to make death notification to an innocent family because she has killed someone. Unbelievable.
Maryjane Walker March 01, 2012 at 05:40 AM
This woman is a disgrace to the position she holds. Suppose either she or the officer had caused an accident because of this incident. Would she still have received a "slap on the wrist?" What a "sorry" example she is! Maryjane
John R. March 02, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Sigh... Same old P.G. County local government and police department we've had for the past 30 years. No wonder it has such a terrible reputation... and well earned I must say. The laws don't apply to the powers that be... just us lowly over taxed citizens. I guess some things never change.


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