It was a doozy of a sob story — one sure to melt the heart of even the hardest Suffolk cop on the street.
Police said Afreda Chaplin of Bay Shore told a highway patrol officer who stopped her for speeding early Thursday that she had a good reason for racing down Sunrise Highway.
Her mother was near death at Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center in East Patchogue, Chaplin explained to the Suffolk highway cop, according to police.
The officer understood.
Instead of writing Chaplin a ticket, police said, the officer told her he’d follow her to the hospital. Not long after, with the cop close behind Chaplin’s 2008 Mercedes Benz, the threads keeping this heart-tugging yarn together started to unspool.
Chaplin now had a new story, police said. She got on her cell phone and told a 911 dispatcher she’d just been assaulted by her husband at gunpoint who had then dumped her out on the eastbound service road of Sunrise Highway, police said, and she was stranded at Exit 46A.
Her goal, police said, was good old fashioned subterfuge — get the officer following behind to give up the hospital escort and respond to the second call.
He didn’t fall for it and instead pulled Chaplin over a second time, near Exit 52A in Patchogue.
During the stop, police said, the officer asked Chaplin if she’d made the fake 911 call. Yes, she did, Chaplin told him, according to police.
Chaplin was taken into custody and charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident, police said. The officer didn’t forget the initial reason for the traffic stop. He also wrote Chaplin a speeding ticket.
Police said she was held overnight for arraignment Thursday in First District Court in Central Islip.
With John Valenti