Prince George’s Takes Speeding Councilwoman’s County-Issued Vehicle

Toles to take driver improvement course

By Matthew Stabley
|  Saturday, Mar 3, 2012  |  Updated 7:21 AM EDT
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County Takes Speeding Councilwoman’s Vehicle

Prince George's County Councilwoman Karen Toles

A Prince George’s County councilwoman who received a warning for apparently driving more than 100 mph in a 55 mph zone has lost the use of her county-issued vehicle.

Councilwoman Karen Toles has apologized and said she will not drive the county-owned vehicle until she completes a driver improvement course. The county apparently wants to ensure that by not allowing her use of or access to the vehicle until the matter is resolved.

A Prince George’s County officer cited Toles for an unsafe lane change about noon Feb. 22 on the Capital Beltway near Branch Avenue, police said. She also received an excessive speed warning instead of a speeding ticket because police didn't believe they could prove it, not because she's on the council.

The officer who stopped Toles is a 14-year veteran and an administrator who doesn't usually make traffic stops. His camera shows him following Toles at 105 mph, but his speedometer was not calibrated and he didn't have time to pace Toles.

According to court records, Toles was ticketed in September 2010 for driving off road to pass another vehicle, in March 2010 for an unsafe lane change, and in May 2009 and June 2009 for child safety seat violations.

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