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Miami PD officer leads Florida State Trooper on high-speed chase

Most stories about police chases inevitably seem to involve speeding suspects who are fleeing the scene of a crime or drunk drivers who are oblivious to the flashing lights and sirens around them. However, a recent incident out of Miami has put an interesting twist on this typical news story.

According to reports, an officer with the Miami Police Department led a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol on a seven-minute chase, reaching speeds in excess of 120 miles-per-hour along the way.

At 6:28 a.m. on the morning of October 11, Trooper D.J. Watts observed a Miami PD squad car veering dangerously in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed.

Trooper Watts proceeded to activate both her flashing lights and sirens, and began following the squad car down the road. However, it was traveling at such a high rate of speed - over 120 miles-per-hour - that she was unable to initially catch up to it.

Roughly five minutes later, Trooper Watts was finally able to catch up with the racing Miami PD squad car and pulled in behind it. She once again activated her flashing lights and sirens, but the car refused to pull over.

After roughly two minutes, the Miami PD squad car finally pulled over to the side of the road. Here, with her gun drawn, she handcuffed the driver, 35-year old Officer Fausto L.

At this time, Officer Fausto L. explained why he had been driving in such a reckless manner.

He was late for his off-duty job, which started at 7 a.m.

Officer Fausto L. was eventually charged with reckless driving - a second-degree misdemeanor - and released. Somewhat surprisingly, he is currently assigned to regular duty because of the non-criminal nature of the offense.

The Miami PD has indicated that it is currently waiting to see how the matter unfolds.

"We immediately launched an administrative investigation," said Commander Delrish Moss, a Miami PD spokesman. "However, we're taking a back seat, and watching the criminal process as it takes place. At the conclusion of the criminal process we will take whatever administrative action we deem necessary."

Stay tuned for further updates from our New York traffic law blog ...

If you or a loved one has received a speeding ticket or other traffic violation, don't just dismiss it.

Instead, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


The Miami Herald, "Miami officer arrested at gunpoint, accused of going 120 mph on turnpike to second job" Oct. 29, 2011

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