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November 04, 2011
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Dispatch call released in speeding Fla. cop's arrest

Authorities have released the dispatch call made in October by a Florida State Trooper

By PoliceOne Staff

MIAMI — Authorities have released the dispatch call made in October by a Florida State Trooper who pursued, then arrested a Miami Police Officer who was allegedly speeding in his marked cruiser.

In the recording available from WSVN and other sources, Trooper Donna Jane Watts is heard telling a dispatcher she sees a police officer speeding, but that she is unable to identify the agency.

"He's well over 120, and he's not stopping," Watts says. "All I can see is a white patrol car with blue or something like that, bright lights. It would be a Miami or D.O.T, and I'm sure it's not D.O.T."

Someone at dispatch is heard suggesting to instruct Watts to ease up.

"If they tell you it's a patrol car, just have her back off," says an unidentified voice on the radio.

Miami Police Officer Fausto Lopez was arrested at gunpoint last month. Lopez was charged with reckless driving and released shortly after the encounter, which attorney Bill Matthewman on Friday called "a simple misunderstanding that has been blown out of proportion," according to CNN.com.

Lopez allegedly drove his cruiser at more than 120 miles an hour, weaving through traffic, so he could be on time for his off-duty job, authorities said. According to Watts' police report, Lopez ignored the trooper's siren and lights, driving faster at times and continuing to change lanes.

"The allegation that he was driving his police vehicle 120 mph is not accurate and is disputed. He was not driving recklessly, and a review of the videotape shows he was not driving recklessly," Matthewman said.

Pending a ruling from a judge, the department will determine whether to take action against Lopez, Miami Police Detective Willie Moreno said last month.






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