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Woman Claiming to Be David Letterman’s Wife Arrested

May 27, 1988

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) _ A woman who apparently set up housekeeping in David Letterman’s house while the TV talk show host was out of town was arrested in New Jersey driving his sports car, authorities said.

Mary Ray, 36, of no known address, was arrested Sunday night when she stopped at the Lincoln Tunnel as she was driving into New York from New Jesey.

She didn’t have the $3 toll and told the toll collector she was Letterman’s wife, said Armando Arrastia, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

A 3-year-old boy was a passenger in the car, Arrastia said.

Ms. Ray gave authorities permission to go through the glove compartment of the blue 1988 Porsche Carrera, where they found registration showing the car belongs to Letterman, he said.

Authorities ″got in touch with Letterman himself, who said the woman is not his wife and didn’t have permission to drive his car,″ said Arrastia. He said he was unsure whether Letterman knew the woman.

The host of NBC’s ″Late Night with David Letterman″ immediately reported the car stolen to the New Canaan Police Department and Ms. Ray was charged with receiving stolen property, Arrastia said.

″She gave no indication as to where she was from or what she was doing in the area,″ Arrastia said.

Ms. Ray was released into the custody of the Hudson County prosecutor’s office in Jersey City, N.J.

Hudson County First Assistant Prosecutor Frank DeStefano said Thursday the woman was arraigned Monday in Superior Court and bail was set at $5,000 with a $500 cash option. ″As far as I know it’s been posted,″ he said.

There was no answer at the county jail Thursday night, and efforts to determine how the woman made bail were unsuccessful. DeStefano said she is due to appear on the charge against her in Weehawken Municipal Court on May 31.

Arrastia said the woman intially ″told the police officer that her name was Jane Doe. She said she is also known as Mary Ray.″

She also ″indicated to our police that she is non-domiciled,″ Arrastia said. ″I guess that means homeless in her context.″

Arrastia also did not know what relation, if any, she has to the child.

The boy was placed in the custody of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, Arrastia said. A spokeswoman for DYFS could not be reached for comment immediately. There was no answer at her office or at her home.

New Canaan police went to Letterman’s home and found that it had been ″entered,″ said Capt. Michael Angelastro.

He said there appeared to be ‴some validity″ to a report in Thursday’s editions of the New York Daily News that the woman had moved into Letterman’s house with the child.

″It appears that someone has been living in the house for the last couple of days,″ he said, adding the some plants and a rug appeared to have been moved.

″But we’re not saying it was her,″ Angelastro said, because Letterman declined to press charges. ″We are not pursuing it,″ he said.

Letterman did not immediately return a telephone call to his NBC offices seeking comment.

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