San Diego Deputy DA Faces Misdemeanor Ticket Fixing Charges
Posted Oct 26, 2012 2:31 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward
Allison Worden reportedly tried to get out of a traffic ticket—for not wearing a seatbelt—by telling the officer she was a San Diego deputy district attorney. When that didn’t work, authorities say she persuaded a police sergeant friend to destroy the tickets for herself and a fellow deputy district attorney, who was driving.
The North County Times, relying on a complaint filed by the state Attorney General’s Office, reports that Worden asked San Diego police Sgt. Kevin Friedman if he could do something about the tickets. According to the complaint, Friedman pulled the tickets from an open bin at the agency’s traffic division and destroyed them. The North County Times reports that in May, Friedman pleaded no contest to destroying a traffic citation and has since resigned from the department.
And according to ABC 10 News, the deputy D.A. driving the car asked Worden to not to do anything about the ticket on her behalf.
Worden, who the complaint also identifies as Allison Debow, is charged by the California attorney general’s office with attempting to dissuade a witness, conspiracy to obstruct justice and two counts of alteration or destruction of a traffic citation, according to the North County Times. All of the charges are misdemeanor offenses.
A lawyer for Worden stated that an investigation by the district attorney’s office concluded she did not participate in ticket fixing, the paper reports, and Worden is currently on paid administrative leave.