Speeding Miami Cop Fined, No Jail Time

FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The Miami police officer who was caught doing more than 100 mph on the Florida Turnpike by a Highway Patrol trooper accepted a plea deal in court on Thursday.

Fausto Lopez pled no contest to a reckless driving charge; a misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

Lopez’s attorney Al Milian asked that the judge withhold adjudication because his client was a great guy, a good family man and a dedicated officer with a spotless record who puts his life on the line daily.

“This does not involve moral turpitude, it doesn’t involve an issue of integrity it doesn’t involve dishonesty, it doesn’t involve a crime that has victimized the community,” Milian told the judge.

Lopez was ordered to pay the costs of prosecution, $3,300, and perform 100 hours of community service.  He will not have to serve any jail time or probation.

Prosecutor David Schultz asked the judge to consider a Sun Sentinel investigation.   Schultz said it showed Lopez as “the worst of the worst” when it came to officers speeding on the turnpike.

“He was in excess of 100 miles per hour during this one year period 154 times.  He traveled in excess of 90 miles per hour 379 times,” Schultz said quoting the Sun Sentinel investigation.

Lopez was clocked by state trooper Donna Jane Watts doing 120 mph on October 11, 2011.

When he finally pulled over, she arrested the uniformed officer at gunpoint, although reports came out later that a supervisor had told her to “back off” and not pull Lopez over. Lopez later said he was on his way to an off-duty assignment.

Watts told state investigators that she continued to follow his squad car because she feared the vehicle was stolen since she believed no officer would drive so fast and so dangerously.

Video of the 7-minute pursuit made national news and ignited a firestorm between his department and the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Miami Police Department has held off disciplining the 6-year-police veteran until his court case was resolved

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  1. Robert says:

    He should be fired! Also the prosecuter had no reason to offer a plea deal, that would have been a 100% winnable case, you and I would have had jail time… FOR SURE. It is just another example of the system taking care of their own and the citizens footed the defense (attorney’s) bill with our taxes. I’m sure that the disiplinary action will be a joke as well!

  2. joe says:

    wow that means dumb ass keeps his job. what ever happened to being better than the rest of us in order to uphold the law, damn that pension must be good!

    1. DOMINGO says:

      YOU ARE CORRECT BUT THE PEOPLE AT THE STATE ATTORNEY NEED TO GET ON THE BALL WANT TO DO A CRIME AND GET AWAY WITH IT COME TO MIAMI OR FLORIDA

  3. scott says:

    $3300 don’t seem like he’s getting off to easy…. FHP…. F don’t stand for Florida….

  4. DOMINGO says:

    SEE THESE WHAT THE JUSTICE COMES DOWN TO IF ANYONE WAS DOING WHAT THESE STUPID COP WAS DOING WE HAVE BEEN PUT IN JAIL MAYBE LOOSE OF DRIVERS LISENCE AND FINES AND COURT COST BUT NO CAUSE HIS A COP LET PLEA THE CASE WHAT KIND OF STATE ATTORNEY WE HAVE LIKE I SAY DO A CRIME IN FLORIDA AND YOU GET AWAY WITH KILLING ANYONE A SLAP ON THE HAND AND THATS THAT THE MAN SHOULD BE FIRE FOR WHAT HE DID NOW HE WILL GET A LETTER PUT INTO HIS FILE AND THAT ALL HE GOES BACK TO SPEEDING ONCE MORE

  5. me says:

    I am shocked. A slap on the hand. It seems like if you want to get away with crime do it in FL. I am ready to leave sunshine state. The only thing good here is the weather.

  6. ConcernedCitizen says:

    Just wait til he kills someone on the road, the city of Miami gets sued and his record of speeding comes up and the states failure to prosecute, no leg to stand on and it will cost him time in jail hopefully for a long time. This police system here in florida is so corrupt, need the feds to step in and take the state over.

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