Karen R. Toles, Prince George's County Council Member, Involved in Previous Speeding Incident, Sources Say

11:44 PM, Mar 1, 2012   |    comments
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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- There are new questions about possible special treatment police may have given to a Prince George's County council member under scrutiny for allegations of driving upwards of 100 miles per hour on the beltway.

9News Now has learned that District 7 Councilmember Karen R. Toles may have gotten off with another warning last summer after a suspected high speed incident on eastbound Route 4 near Upper Marlboro.

According to a source, Toles had a bizarre encounter with a Prince Georges County Police special operations division team doing radar speed enforcement.

The team, wearing safety vests and holding radar guns, spotted a car approaching the radar trap at suspected extremely high speed.

But the driver, who turned out to be Toles, allegedly slammed on the brakes and pulled dramatically to the shoulder before reaching the officers. Toles then got out of the car and started inspecting it, claiming she had a mechanical problem.

Toles was not issued a ticket because officers were unable to get a reliable radar reading before Toles pulled to the shoulder, a source said.

Prince George's County police will not comment on the allegation.

The incident was revealed as Toles continues to dodge media questions about an alleged high speed incident on the Beltway near Branch Avenue on February 22.

Police say an officer's in-car camera recorded 105 mph while trying to pull Toles over in a county vehicle. Toles received only a warning because police commanders say the officer involved could not confirm the speed with radar or by accurately pacing Toles.

Toles was issued a $90 citation for making an unsafe lane change.

Commanders say there is no preliminary evidence of special treatment, however a police executive inquiry will be held with an inspector general to review the matter.

Toles has said in written statements she will voluntarily give up driving her county car until she completes a driver safety class.

County Executive Rushern Baker told 9News Now that special treatment by law enforcement for county officials should never be tolerated and he's confident the police inquiry will settle the question.

Tole's driving record includes previous charges for passing on the shoulder and making unsafe lane changes as well as two tickets for failing to secure a child, according to online Maryland court records.

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