By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
---- — A woman who told a state police trooper she was speeding to reach her father’s deathbed was allowed to go on her way Friday night.
But when police later discovered Carley Williams’s father had been dead for five years, they charged her with speeding and driving with a suspended registration.
Trooper Christopher Cummings stopped Williams, 28, of Nashua at about 9 p.m. on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack for traveling 82 mph in a 65-mph zone.
Williams told the trooper her father was dying. She said she was rushing to get to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester before he died, according to police.
Based on Williams’ emotional state and what she said, Cummings let her continue on her way.
But then state police checked with Catholic Medical Center and discovered they did not have a patient with the last name of Williams. Cummings then discovered an obituary for Williams’s father — dating back to 2008.
Cummings went to Williams’s home Sunday afternoon and confronted her with the obituary. Initially, she continued the deception, police said, but then admitted her father had been dead for five years.
She was charged with speeding and driving with a suspended registration. After being booked at the Nashua police station, she was released on personal recognizance. She’s due in Merrimack Circuit Court Sept. 5.
“While the N.H. State Police is sympathetic to personal emergencies,our primary objective is to protect life and property through the traditions of fairness, professionalism and integrity,” police said in a written statement. “Within reason, individuals will be allowed to continue during emergency situations when we can ensure the safety of the individuals involved and the general public. Circumstances such as this one, however, will result in the appropriate action taking place.”