Florida Citizen Pulls Over Cop for Speeding

'Um, I don’t know how fast I was going'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2016 7:37 AM CST
Updated Feb 6, 2016 10:40 AM CST

It is the best pulled-over-for-speeding story you'll read in a long, long time. It's out of Florida, of course, where CBS Miami reports that a woman spotted a police cruiser flying down the highway without its emergency lights on and decided to pursue. "He passed me with so much speed, so much force, my car shook," Claudia Castillo tells WSVN. "It scared the daylights out of me." She eventually got behind the officer and began flashing her lights and honking, and the unidentified officer pulled over to see what the emergency was. He approached her car, and a common exchange unfolded—but with the roles reversed. Some highlights from her cellphone recording, posted on YouTube:

  • Castillo: "The reason I pulled you over today ... is because I saw you since Miller Drive when you were first jumping onto the Palmetto, and you were pushing 90 miles an hour."
  • Officer: "Really? OK."
  • Castillo: "I pushed 80 [mph] to try and catch up to you, and I was still eating your dust. ... I just wanted to know, what's the emergency?"
  • Officer: "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."
Miami-Dade police says they're investigating and promise that the "appropriate course of action will be taken." Castillo, though she acknowledged speeding, is not expected to get into trouble, but the officer might: The Miami Herald notes that the Sun Sentinel won a Pulitzer in 2013 for exposing how off-duty police cars zip down highways at speeds exceeding 100mph. (This guy got a $1,500 ticket rushing his dad to the hospital.)

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