11/01/2011

Miami FOP defends cop driving 120 mph

In a letter, Sergeant Javier Ortiz defended Officer Fausto Lopez, 35, who was charged with reckless driving

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MIAMI, Fla. — The Miami Fraternal Order of Police defended one of its officers who FHP said was pulled over by a state trooper while driving a Miami police cruiser 120 mph on Florida's Turnpike.

Officer Fausto Lopez, 35, was charged with reckless driving in the Oct. 11 incident. An FHP trooper pulled Lopez over in the southbound lanes of Florida's Turnpike near Hollywood Boulevard after following him for 12 miles in seven minutes at speeds reaching 120 mph, police said.

The police officer drew her weapon when Lopez finally pulled over, then handcuffed him.

In a letter, Sergeant Javier Ortiz defended Lopez, writing, "Pulling a firearm on a police officer in full uniform in a marked unit is extremely reckless and unprofessional."

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