Dumb criminal of the month, tardy officer
October 31, 2011
A Florida Highway Patrol trooper chased a speeding vehicle Oct. 11 as it weaved through traffic at speeds of 120 miles an hour, reporting to dispatchers that her quarry was a Miami police car. [Miami Herald]
When the chase ended after a heart-stopping seven minutes (all of it caught on video), the visibly angry trooper discovered the wayward driver was indeed an off-duty police officer, on his way to a second job at a private school.
During the arrest, Trooper D.J Watts drew her service revolver before cuffing a compliant Fausto Lopez, 35. The officer faces a misdemeanor reckless driving charge and various investigations.
Lopez said: “I was late for my other job.”
Miami’s Mayor Tomas Regaldo said: “No one should drive 120 miles an hour.”
Trooper Watts said: “This isn’t the first time… that speeding Miami police car comes through here all the time and we never…catch it.”