Caught on camera: Cop pulled over for speeding, lectured by motorist
“Nobody is above the law.”
That’s the reasoning a Miami motorist gave for pulling over a police officer who was allegedly speeding.
Claudia Castillo posted several dash cam and cellphone videos of the incident to YouTube on Friday, which showed her honking at the cop she alleges was speeding, and making multiple attempts to pull the officer over.
“He’s been driving recklessly and pushing 100 (miles per hour),” Castillo said in the video.
According to Castillo, the police cruiser entered the highway and began “endangering the public” by speeding and maneuvering through traffic.
“I actually know he was going about 100 miles per hour, because I was hitting 80 (mph) and I could not catch up to him, and he was still leaving me behind.”
Castillo eventually was able to pull up alongside the officer in an attempt to get his attention.
“I was able to get up to him and honked and flash my lights to ask him to pull over, but I don’t know if he ignored me.”
In a second video, the officer appears to acknowledge Castillo’s request, as he pulls over to the shoulder, but then weaves back into traffic and continues to drive.
“I guess he’s finding a safe spot,” said Castillo. “I’m sure he’s a good guy.”
Over a minute later, the officer finally put on his sirens and stops, before approaching Castillo’s car.
In a third video, Castillo asks the officer, “I just want to know what’s the emergency?”
“I don’t know how fast I was going, but I can tell you this – I’m on the way to work right now,” explained the officer.
“I don’t believe I was speeding,” said the officer. “But like I said, you’re entitled to your opinion.”
The lectured cop offers his name and badge number to Castillo before atoning for his alleged mistake.
“I apologize and I’ll be sure to slow down then.”
But Castillo was unwilling to let him off that easy, offering up one last piece of advice.
“Leaders of the community set by example, lead by example,” said Castillo. “It’s just I think that we all should set an example.”
The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a statement that it would, “investigate the matter” once the officer was identified.
“The appropriate course of action will be taken at that point,” the statement said.
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