Police: Woman lied about father's health to get out of speeding ticket

Published On: Aug 06 2013 09:55:59 AM HST   Updated On: Aug 05 2013 06:21:00 AM HST

A Nashua woman is facing charges after officials said she lied to a state trooper to get out of a speeding ticket.

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Police said Carley Williams, 28, claimed she was hurrying to see her dying father at a hospital, but when the officer checked, he found that wasn't the case.

Williams was driving about 9 p.m. Friday on the Everett Turnpike when she got stopped. Police said the trooper clocked her at 82 mph.

"The story that Miss Williams gave Trooper Cummings was completely false," said Lt. Christopher Wagner.

Police said Williams claimed her father was dying and she was racing to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester to be by his side. Officials said her story was convincing.

"The trooper, using his best roadside discretion was looking to maintain public safety but at the same time appealing to the emotional needs of Miss Williams," Wagner said. "He took down the basic information, and he sent her on her way."

But when the trooper tried to verify Williams' story, he learned that her father has been dead since 2008, police said. He also learned that the license plates on the car she was driving were suspended.

On Sunday, the trooper went to Williams' home with a copy of her father's obituary and arrested her. She was charged with driving after suspension of registration and speeding.

"Honesty up front is your best policy and for people to drive safe and be careful out there," Wagner said.

Police said Williams potentially would have faced a penalty of $200 for speeding, but she may now be subject to thousands of dollars in fees. A court date was set for September.


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