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Prince George's County councilwoman Karen Toles walked away with only a $90 fine.
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Prince George's County councilwoman Karen Toles walked away with only a $90 fine.

A few days ago, Prince George's County councilmember Karen Toles was stopped by police on the Capital Beltway for going 105 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone and making an unsafe traffic lane change. According to police sources who spoke to NBC Washington, Toles, who was driving a county-issued Ford Edge, received only a warning for excessive speed.

Toles, who has been an outspoken advocate for traffic safety, told the officer who had been chasing her with sirens flashing that she was late for an appointment. She received only a $90 fine for the unsafe lane change and allowed her to drive away.

Prince George's County police defend their handling of the matter, saying it's within an officer's discretion as to whether or not to issue a ticket for excessive speeding.

Defense attornies say this type of reckless driving usually carries penalties of 5 points on a driver's license and in excess of $500 in fines.

Toles apologized in a statement, saying in part, "I was leaving a meeting and was late for my next appointment. I consider moving violations serious matters and I regret the incident. I intend to pay the appropriate fine for these traffic violations."

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