Florida woman pulls over police officer for alleged speeding

By Ben Hooper  |  Feb. 1, 2016 at 12:26 PM
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MIAMI, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A Florida woman captured video of her encounter with a police officer she "pulled over" after allegedly catching him driving at more than twice the speed limit.

Claudia Castillo posted a trio of videos to YouTube chronicling the event that began Friday when a Miami-Dade Police officer zoomed past her on a street with a 40 mph speed limit.

"I've been following an officer since Miller," Castillo says in the video.

Castillo managed to get the officer's attention by honking her horn and both vehicles pulled over on 836 eastbound, near Interstate 95 in downtown Miami.

"The reason I pulled you over today, and I'm asking you to come over and have a conversation is because I saw you since Miller Drive, when you were first jumping onto the Palmetto, and you were pushing 90 miles an hour," Castillo tells the police officer in the video.

The motorist asks the officer if he is responding to an emergency.

"I don't know how fast I was going. But I can tell you this, I'm on my way to work right now. I don't believe I was speeding," the officer says.

The officer asks Castillo if she has an emergency.

"Everything's fine," she says. "Just your speeding."

The officer apologizes for speeding and promises to "slow down" before leaving.

Castillo told CBS Miami she was concerned about safety.

"The cop drove past me so fast my car shook," Castillo said. "And I got upset. I started speeding up and I stopped at 80."

"He's been driving recklessly," Castillo said. "He was going about 100 miles-an-hour 'cause I was hitting 80 and I could not catch up to him."

The police department provided a statement to WPLG-TV.

"The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) has been made aware of a citizen video, which purportedly depicts an MDPD officer speeding in his assigned patrol vehicle. We take all complaints seriously.  In this case, the officer's chain of command will investigate the matter and take the appropriate course of action. We also take this opportunity to remind the public that we have a complaint process in place.  We prefer that no one places themselves or the community at risk in an attempt to capture alleged misconduct."

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