If you haven’t had your Sunday smile yet, you’re in luck.
In the tradition of a “man bites dog” story, a Miami motorist pulled over a law enforcement officer and gave him a stern lecture on public safety, then let him go with a warning — because the officer was speeding.
The chase, the pull-over and the confrontation were recorded on motorist Claudia Castillo’s cell phone, and then posted on YouTube in three videos Friday.
“The reason I pulled you over today is because I saw you, since Miller Drive when you were first jumping onto the Palmetto [Expressway], and you were pushing 90 miles an hour,” Castillo said to the unidentified Miami-Dade officer who was leaning into her passenger-side window.
“Really?” the officer replied, apparently not wishing to make an issues of it. “OK.”
This isn’t uncommon for Miami-Dade officers. The Miami Herald reported:
An investigation of speeding officers won the Sun Sentinel a Pulitzer Prize in 2013 after it used electronic-tolling data to show off-duty squad cars roaring at 130 mph down highways. Juan Perez, Miami-Dade’s newly appointed police director, said in a statement the department will investigate the incident “once the officer and citizen are identified. The appropriate course of action will be taken at that point.”
“You passed me like I was standing still,” she continued. “I just wanted to know: what’s the emergency?”
“Um, I don’t know how fast I was going,” the officer said. “But I can tell you this: I’m on my way to work right now. I don’t believe I was speeding.”
He added that he pulled over because he thought she had an emergency of her own. “Everything fine?” he asked her.
“Everything’s fine. It’s your speeding,” she said.
“Well, then I apologize,” he said. “I’ll be sure to slow down then.”
The officer asked Castillo if she wanted his name or badge.
“No,” she said. “It’s just that I think that we all should set an example.”
“I agree,” the officer replied. “Take care. Be safe.”
Watch the confrontation between Castillo and the officer.
Here’s the chase. Note that the officer isn’t displaying his emergency lights and no siren can be heard.
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