Cop clocked at 120 mph on way to second job

Oct. 30, 2011 at 12:37 AM
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MIAMI, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A Miami cop who found himself cuffed after facing a state trooper's gun at the end of a 120 mph chase said he was late for his second job, authorities said.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper D.J. Watts had her gun drawn when she arrested Fausto Lopez, 35, Oct. 11 following a 7-minute chase on the Florida Turnpike in Broward County, The Miami Herald reported Saturday.

The trooper said the Miami squad car drew her attention because it was switching lanes lanes dangerously, and the driver then failed to respond to her patrol car's flashing lights and siren.

Lopez, who the Herald said couldn't be reached for comment, finally stopped his car near Hollywood.

Watts ordered Lopez out of the vehicle at gunpoint, handcuffed him and detained him. Lopez allegedly told the trooper he was driving fast because he was late for his off-duty job, the Herald said.

The Miami officer, charged with reckless driving, is still on the job because, Cmdr. Delrish Moss told the Herald, "at this point it's a traffic offense."

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