Florida trooper D.J. Watts arrested a Miami Police officer Fausto López after he lead the Florida Highway Patrol on a chase in his squad car at speeds that reached 120 mph on Florida’s Turnpike in Broward County.
The incident, first reported by Univision 23, started at 6:28 a.m. Oct. 11 on the southbound turnpike at Commercial Boulevard, when a trooper saw a Miami patrol car switching lanes in a dangerous manner.
At about 6:33 a.m., Watts caught up to López, but López ignored the warnings and kept going. Finally, two minutes later and seven minutes after the start of the high-speed chase, López stopped his car near Hollywood.
Watts, who pulled out her gun, ordered López to step out of the vehicle, handcuffed and detained him. As he was getting out of his vehicle, he explained that he was driving so quickly because he was late to his off-duty job.
López was released, but was criminally charged with reckless driving, which is considered a second-degree misdemeanor, reports Miami Herald.