PG Council Member Karen Toles Gets Reckless Driving Citation, $510 Fine After Panel Review
LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — A Prince George’s County Executive Review Panel recommended increased punishment for Council Member Karen Toles who was driving at speeds greater than 105 miles per hour on the Capital Beltway lat month, but not issued a speeding ticket at the time.
At the recommendation of the review panel, Toles given a new citation for reckless driving which carries with it a $510 fine and a six-point penalty. Her attorney was present at the time the citation was given.
Councilwoman Toles’ drivers license is in jeopardy of being suspended as a result of the infraction.
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Last week, Prince George’s County Assistant Police Chief Kevin Davis said the officer was only able to issue a warning for her speed because his cruiser was not equipped with radar the speedometer on-board his cruiser was not calibrated. Efforts to use the “pace method” to gauge speed also proved futile.
“The violator’s vehicle exited the beltway at a point in time that was before the officer had an opportunity to establish that good pace,” Davis explained, “that’s why the officer felt he did not have enough probable cause to issue the violator a ticket for her speed.”
Authorities on Tuesday reiterated the officer on the scene did not make a mistake. The department had the benefit of time, hindsight, evidence to write the ticket for reckless driving.
Toles was issued an unsafe lane change citation at the time of the original stop.