MIAMI (WATE) – It was a typical traffic stop. The offender pulled over on the side of the road and was given a stern lecture about traffic safety.
Here’s the twist: the person pulled over was a police officer.
A woman in Miami decided to take the law into her own hands after she claims a police officer was driving over 80 miles per hour without emergency lights. In a series of three videos, posted to YouTube, Claudia Castillo follows the officer.
“He’s been, you know, driving recklessly pushing 80 to 100 miles per hour throughout the highways. I don’t know where he is going with an emergency, but he was driving very recklessly and just switching lanes and just endangering the public,” said Castillo in the video.
Castillo said she tried to get the officer’s attention by honking her horn and flashing lights. Finally, the officer pulled over on an off ramp to Downtown Miami and politely asked Castillo if everything was okay.
“The reason I pulled you over today and I’m asking you to have a conversation is because I saw you since Miller Drive when you were first jumping on to the Palmetto and you were pushing 90 miles per hour,” said Castillo.
The officer admitted he didn’t know how fast he was going, but said he was on his way to work. “I don’t believe I was speeding,” he said, “but like I said, you are entitled to your opinion. I just saw you now when you pulled over next to me, which is why I pulled over here. I thought you had some kind of emergency.”
“You passed me like I was standing still,” said Castillo. “I pushed 80 to try to catch up with you and you and I was still eating your dust. You’re leaving me behind and I was going 80 miles per hour. I just wanted to know… what is the emergency?”
“Well, I apologize and I’ll be sure to slow down ma’am,” said the officer. Castillo asks the officer to lead by example.
The Photography is Not a Crime website appeared to be the first outlet to publicize the video. The Miami Herald reports 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.”