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Woman who tossed cigarette arrested after refusing to sign ticket

Charlene Nicole Ward, 27

Franklin police arrested a woman from Lyles, Tenn., April 28, after she refused to sign a littering ticket. At 11:42 p.m., police stopped 27-year-old Charlene Ward after she allegedly tossed a lit cigarette from her car on Murfreesboro Road near Southwinds Drive. The officer wrote Ward a ticket for littering, but she refused to sign it, telling officers to just take her to jail. Throwing a cigarette, or other trash, from a car window violates the state’s littering statute. This type of offense is routinely handled with the issuance of a citation and a fine up to $50. A separate Tennessee law requires defendants to sign their citation, and failure to do so is a separate and arrestable offense.
Ward was booked into the Williamson County Jail for littering and failure to sign a citation. She was released on her own recognizance after her overnight appearance before a Williamson County Magistrate. Charlene Ward is due in court on May 9 at 1 p.m.

Posted on: 4/29/2013


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