Nashua woman charged after alleged domestic slashing

NASHUA – The woman who made national headlines three years ago for falsely telling a State Trooper who stopped her for speeding that she was racing to her dying father’s bedside is now under arrest on unrelated felony charges related to domestic violence, according to police and court documents.

Carley Williams, 31, of 47 Williams St., was ordered held on $15,000 cash only bail at her Monday morning arraignment on one count each of first-degree assault and first-degree assault – domestic violence, both of which are Class A felonies.

Williams, who was arraigned in Nashua district court in front of Judge James Leary via video conference from Valley Street jail, is accused of assaulting her domestic partner, a 36-year-old man, Sunday night during an argument reportedly sparked by an issue over a cell phone, police said.

Officers were called shortly before 10 p.m. to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center by personnel reporting a man was being treated for a stab wound, according to police reports.

They located the alleged victim, whom doctors were treating for a laceration to his head. He told police that Williams had "stabbed him with a steak knife" as they argued, and admitted to throwing a plastic plate at her after she allegedly cut him.

The victim then went to a neighbor’s house and asked for a cigarette, police reported. The neighbor later told police that the victim was "covered in blood" and suffering from an injury, prompting the neighbor to drive the man to the hospital.

Meanwhile, police said, Williams had arrived at the hospital with the couple’s 5-year-old daughter, along with her 15-year-old daughter and 16-year-old niece. Police noted both Williams and the victim were intoxicated, and that hospital security advised arriving officers that the two had resumed their argument at the hospital.

Officers who spoke with Williams described her as "extremely intoxicated and uncooperative" and "refused to speak to officers" beyond telling them that if the victim said that Williams hurt him, "then just go with that."

Williams was reportedly being treated for an injury to the top of her head, but, police said, she declined to speak to officers about it. She also declined to give police permission to search her apartment for evidence, prompting police to obtain a warrant, according to the reports.

When police told Williams that they had enough evidence to arrest her, she reportedly told them "she wanted to tell the truth," predicting that the alleged victim "would be the one to be arrested."

Williams was later taken into custody, booked and jailed to await arraignment.

Police said the victim’s account of the alleged incident matched evidence they collected, and that he was not charged.

It was in early August 2013 that Williams, then 28, was pulled over by a state trooper who clocked her driving 82 mph on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack.

According to Telegraph stories at the time, a tearful Williams pleaded with the trooper to let her go because she was trying to make it to a Manchester hospital to see her father on his deathbed.

Persuaded by her story and "the emotions she had displayed," the trooper stated in his report, he decided to let her go.

Later, when police decided to call the hospital to check on Williams’ story, they were told nobody with the name Williams gave police was a patient there, according to accounts.

Further research turned up confirmation that Williams’ father was not only not a patient at the Manchester hospital: He’d died in 2008, five years earlier.

With a copy of Williams’ father’s obituary in his pocket, the trooper drove to her Nashua home and confronted her, noting at the time that she still "continued to be deceptive" despite the indisputable evidence of his 2008 death.

Williams eventually admitted to making up the reason she was speeding, and the trooper issued her summonses for speeding as well as operating with a suspended registration.

The disposition of her case, which was heard in Merrimack district court, wasn’t immediately available.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or@Telegraph_DeanS.