To avoid a ticket for talking on her cell phone while driving, Janet Chencinski, 67, allegedly invented a story about her mother being ill.
Chencinski was pulled over by a police officer for talking on her cell phone without a hands-free device while driving in Deerfield, IL.
When asked by the officer why she was using her phone, the officer claims Chencinski said “she was talking to her elderly mother who was suffering from heart pain and was very sick,” reports My Fox Chicago. She claimed it was a medical emergency and that she had told her mother to call 911.
The officer let Chencinski go with a warning, called 911, and requested an ambulance be sent to her mother’s home.
When the paramedics arrived at the mother’s home they found her to be perfectly fine and that she had not spoken with her daughter that day, reports the Chicago Tribune.
"We figured we better help her out and get some medical assistance to her mother. And it turned out she was fine," Deerfield police Deputy Chief Tom Keane said. "She was just using that as a ploy to get out of a ticket."
Chencinski has since turned herself in to Deerfield police. She has been charged with using a cell phone while driving, obstructing a police officer, and disorderly conduct.
The fine for first-time offenders of the new Illinois cellphone law is $75. It is unknown whether this was Chencinski’s first offense.
Chencinski was released on bond and will appear in court May 6.