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Carle Place man charged over call to trooper's mom

A Carle Place man unhappy that he had been issued a speeding ticket called the mother of the trooper who gave it to him, telling her that her son had been injured in "a serious motor vehicle accident," State Police said.

It wasn't true.

Lawrence Demaio, 54, of 219 Fairfield Ave., was arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated harassment.

Police said Trooper Victor Cardus stopped Demaio on the Northern State Parkway in North Hills on speeding charges July 9. Cardus issued Demaio a ticket for doing 85 mph in a 55-mph zone.

A month later, on Aug. 10, police said Demaio called Cardus' mother, whose name has not been released, and asked her if she was "related to a New York State trooper named Cardus." When she said she was, police said Demaio told her Cardus had been in a serious accident and had been taken to Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre.

An investigation traced the call to a cell phone registered to Demaio, and call information confirmed the call, police said. Police also found that just before Demaio called Cardus' mother, he had called an out-of-service number that had once belonged to her.

"Some people we arrest or give a ticket to feel like we are the reason they got into trouble - not that they did it to themselves," Trooper Frank Bandiero said. "But we tell them: It's a ticket. It's not the end of the world. Plead not guilty. Fight it out in court . . . But a lot of people hold us responsible because we caught them."

"It's just surprising because you don't expect it," he said.

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