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August 6, 2013

Think twice before lying to a state trooper

Chances are, police will check into your excuse

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In the end, Williams was arrested and booked, charged with driving after registration suspension and speeding. Williams faces high fines if she’s found guilty, but no jail time, Wagner said.

“Part of this story is good police work by Trooper Cummings,” Wagner said. “But I’d say 99 percent of our people would do the same.”

Troopers are taught to follow up, even on the small things, according to state police Capt. John LeLacheur.

“It’s common for people to come up with excuses for why they’re speeding,” LeLacheur said. “When it comes to an excuse about a hospital you have to be as sympathetic as possible. Many times, troopers will have dispatch call the hospital to verify the story while the driver is still sitting at the stop.”

Lt. Christopher Vetter, commander of N.H. State Police Troop A, said he’s had any number of occasions when emergencies have been used for an excuse for speeding. Checking on the excuse is procedure.

“It probably happens more often than you know and you never learn about it because we find the excuse is valid,” Vetter said.

Wagner said the N.H. State Police is sympathetic to personal emergencies, but the law enforcement agency’s primary objective is “to protect life and property through the traditions of fairness, professionalism and integrity.”

According to Wagner, within reason, people will be allowed to continue on their way during emergency situations when police can ensure the safety of the general public.

“Circumstances such as this one, however, will result in the appropriate action taking place,” he added.

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