Miami Cop Caught Speeding Offered Plea Deal

Miami police officer stopped by FHP trooper might avoid jail with deal

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012  |  Updated 8:06 AM EDT
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Officer Fausto Lopez is taken into custody at gunpoint by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper for allegedly speeding and driving recklessly.

Officer Fausto Lopez is taken into custody at gunpoint by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper for allegedly speeding and driving recklessly.

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Video Shows FHP Trooper Arrest Miami Cop at Gunpoint

The dramatic dash-cam video of the arrest of a Miami Police officer at gunpoint by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper for speeding was released by authorities Monday.
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A Miami police officer accused of going more than 120 miles per hour on Florida's Turnpike could avoid jail time if he accepts a prosecutor's plea offer.
 
Under the deal offered Monday, Officer Fausto Lopez would have to plead guilty or no contest to reckless driving to avoid a maximum 90-day jail term. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Lopez has a week to decide. He previously pleaded not guilty.

  Lopez was the officer caught on a Florida Highway Patrol car's dashboard camera after a trooper stopped him for speeding on the turnpike in Broward County. The widely viewed video showed the trooper approaching Lopez's police cruiser with her gun drawn and handcuffing him.
 
Lopez remains an officer with the Miami Police Department.

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