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Fired Speeding Miami Cop Wants Job Back

September 05, 2013  | 

Screenshot: POLICE file
Screenshot: POLICE file
The Miami Police officer who was fired after a Florida trooper pulled him over for speeding says the chief promised he wouldn't be fired.

Officer Fausto Lopez, 36, spoke publicly Tuesday at an arbitration hearing to determine if he should be rehired, reports the Sun-Sentinel. Lopez was fired a year ago for a pattern of reckless driving. He was clocked driving 120 mph on the Florida Turnpike by a trooper in October of 2011.

Chief Manuel Orosa called Lopez "the Michael Jordan of speeding."

Comments (6)

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Capt. Crunch @ 9/7/2013 10:00 AM

Written up yes but fired that is harsh. After all he had EVOC training and he was on a Turnpike.

TC @ 9/7/2013 12:20 PM

Why fire him? After all, he is supposed to be setting an example. Do as I say, not as I do.

Now, the Chief set an example that other Chiefs should be following. Police the world round would have a better reputation if we would stop protecting bad cop.

Richard @ 9/8/2013 8:29 AM

He's lucky he was only fired. He has no excuse to be driving that fast. Nearly twice the speed limit.

Bob @ VA @ 9/9/2013 6:09 AM

He wasn't fired for just this one incredibly stupid safety breach. He was fired for a well-known pattern of behavior exemplified by this incredibly stupid safety breach. Why wait until his stupidity kills someone to fire him? What would have happened to a civilian caught doing 120 m.p.h. because he/she was late for work?

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/21/2013 7:56 AM

The amount of points from a ticket like that would suspend his driver's license for years and make him have to purchase high risk car insurance. The suspension alone would make him desk bound for a few years until his Driver's License Suspension was lifted. The fines in Florida for a first offense are in the hundreds of dollars I can't imagine what the fine for 120 mph would be. Geez this guy is dangerous. I hope they remembered they have to report his firing to FDLE for credential removal.

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/21/2013 8:15 AM

The newspaper article criticized the Trooper for pulling out her pistol as she approached the car she had just chased at high speed for over 7 minutes. I would say he's lucky he wasn't shot. She had no way to know if the marked police car he was driving was stolen. Apparently, he averaged 120 mph every day when he drove to and from work along this same route. He had done this behavior for several months so this was not a one time offense. After his chase was caught on video he slowed his daily speed down to 90 mph...what a guy! He did all his crazy driving in his "take home" marked police car and was "off duty" each time he drove like Mario Andretti. Perhaps it's time to rethink "take home" cars for everybody at Miami P.D. The newspaper article pointed out he is not the only reckless "off duty" offender at Miami P.D.

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