Councilwoman, who allegedly was driving 105 mph, says she will pay fine for unsafe lane change -- Gazette.Net



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This story was updated at 8 a.m. Feb. 29, 2012.

Prince George’s County Councilwoman Karen Toles said in a statement Tuesday evening that she was late for an appointment when she received a citation for an unsafe lane change and a warning about speeding after police say she was driving 105 mph in her county-issued vehicle on the Capital Beltway.

A county police blog post reported she received a $90 ticket Feb. 22 for exceeding the 55 mph speed limit near the Branch Avenue exit.

In the statement, Toles (D-Dist. 7) of Suitland said she “was leaving a meeting and was late” for her next appointment.

“I consider moving violations serious matters and I regret the incident. I intend to pay the appropriate fine for these traffic violations,” the statement said.

County police pulled over Toles around noon, according to the blog. She was driving her county-issued 2011 Ford Edge, a sport utility vehicle, police said.

Toles received the ticket and a warning for speeding, the post states.

Cpl. Henry Tippett, a county police spokesman, said police released the information after multiple media inquiries, but that it is just like "any other citizen getting a traffic ticket."

Tippett did not know offhand where Toles was headed and if she already paid the ticket, but said she has 15 days to pay it.

nmcgill@gazette.net