October 29th, 2011
06:10 PM ET

Miami cop accused of reckless driving in his squad car

A Miami police officer in a marked squad car has been charged with reckless driving, accused of zigzagging through Florida Turnpike traffic at more than 120 miles an hour so that he could be on time for his off-duty job, the Florida Highway Patrol said Saturday.

Officer Fausto Lopez, 35, of Miami was handcuffed at gunpoint earlier this month and charged with second-degree reckless driving, a misdemeanor, according to the highway patrol's offense report. Lopez was eventually released, authorities said.

In a pursuit videotaped on the trooper's in-car camera, Lopez led Florida highway patrol officer D.J. Watts on a seven-minute, almost 12-mile chase in pre-dawn darkness on Tuesday, October 11, the report said.

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  1. Mirosal

    I'm thinking that he wasn't driving to his moon-lighting job. I think he just heard there were fresh hot doughnuts at Krispy-Kreme that just came out of the fryers, and he wanted to use a coupon before it expired!! lol

    October 31, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. William

    This is such an abuse by the Miami cop. If I am speeding more than 30MPH over the limit i will be detained for felony speedy and my vehicle will be forfeited under florida law. Any property used in to commit a felony will be forfeited!! This cop should not only be prosecuted to the full extent of the law but suspend immediately my Miami until they can dismiss him. He had no justification for breaking the law!!! The law is suppose to apply to every one!!

    November 4, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Willy

    The police are no role models when it comes to driving. This morning on the way to work in Miami, a Miami-Dade patrol car just a few feet ahead of me in the lane to my immediate right, quickly changed into my lane placing our cars just a few feet apart. He/she wasn't obviously in an emergency. I keep wanting to mount a removeable camera in my car to record these idiots. (Years ago, I stopped referring to them as reckless drivers because they know darn well they shouldn't be driving in that fashion and yet their abusive actions never cease. So, I downgraded them to idiots.) Anyway, I was thinking that at the end of each week, I would compile that week's clips into a single clip. And at the end of the month, I would burn them onto a CD\DVD and mail copies to local police and local news stations. Simultaneously, I would maintain a website, on which I would archive the clips for the world to see. I'm so freakin' amazed there aren't way more accidents and/or road rage incidents based on these idiots. You'll never know when someone gets fed up with the abuse and takes the law into his/her own hands by ramming into some idiot's car in order to let him/her know that he/she needs to wake up and stop being such an idiot.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
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