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It was a Miami traffic stop with a twist.
Three cellphone videos posted on YouTube on Friday tell the story of a police officer accused of speeding – and he was pulled over by a civilian.
“The reason I pulled you over today,” Claudia Castillo, the female driver who posted the videos, told an unidentified Miami-Dade police officer in the video, “is because I saw you, since Miller Drive when you were first jumping onto the Palmetto, and you were pushing 90 miles an hour.”
“Really?” the officer responded. “OK.”
“You passed me like I was standing still,” Castillo is heard saying.
According to the Miami Herald, the civilian traffic stop happened after the driver chased the police squad heading east on the Dolphin Expressway, near the 27th Avenue exit. The video shows that the police officer had not activated his emergency lights, while the woman in pursuit said she flashed hers as well as honked in an effort to get the officer to stop.
The videos do not capture the women’s face – just the uniformed officer who is leaning is head over the passenger-side window.
“I just wanted to know: what’s the emergency,” she asked.
“Um, I don’t know how fast I was going,” the officer replied. “But I can tell you this: I’m on my way to work right now. I don’t believe I was speeding.”
He added that he pulled over because he thought the car chasing him had an emergency. After, the woman replied that everything was fine, but it was “your speeding” that caught her attention.
“Well, then I apologize,” he said. “I’ll be sure to slow down then.”
When asked if she wanted his name and badge, the women replied: “No. It’s just that I think we should all set an example.”
“I agree,” the officer replied. “Take care. Be safe.”
Juan Perez, Miami-Dade’s newly appointed police director, told the Herald in a statement that the department would investigate the incident “once the officer and citizen are identified. The appropriate course of action will be taken at that point.”