DORAL, Fla. (WSVN) — A driver turned the tables on a Miami-Dade Police officer when she pulled him over near Downtown Miami and accused him of speeding, triggering an investigation into the topsy-turvy situation.
Claudia Castillo, the concerned citizen who stopped the officer, said she was running an errand for work on Friday, at around 1:30 p.m., when all of a sudden a squad car sped by her. “He passed me with so much speed, so much force, my car shook,” she said. “It scared the daylights out of me. I mean, he woke me up.”
Castillo said she had her cellphone hooked up near her rearview mirror and began recording the officer as he sped down the Dolphin Expressway without his emergency lights on. “I just thought, ‘Holy Jesus, how fast is this man going?” said Castillo.
Castillo said she increased speed herself, but only for a few moments, in order to gauge how fast the officer was going. Eventually, he pulled over because he thought Castillo had an emergency. But once the law enforcer approached her car, she started to question him. “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 is heard saying in the video.
“Really? OK,” replied the officer.
Castillo later posted video footage of the cruiser in transit, as well as the conversation she had with the officer, on YouTube. “I pushed 80 [mph] to try and catch up to you, and I was still eating your dust,” she is heard saying to the officer. “You were leaving me behind, and I was going 80 miles an hour, and I just wanted to know, what’s the emergency?”
The officer then denied he was going over the speed limit. “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, but, like I said, you’re entitled to your opinion,” he said.
Castillo said she didn’t post the video to cast a shadow over this officer or law enforcement. “They’re not bad guys, but they are held to certain principles,” she said.
The officer eventually assured Castillo he would drive more slowly. “Well, I apologize, and I’ll be sure to slow down, ma’am,” he said.
Castillo then stressed the need to be a good role model. “I just think that we should all set an example,” she said.
“I agree,” replied the officer.
Castillo’s YouTube clips quickly went viral with more than 500,000 hits to date. She said she wouldn’t take back what she did, and would do it again to hold accountability. “I think it was the right thing to do. if it were to happen again i would do it again”
Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez responded to the videos on Sunday, releasing a statement that reads, “The Miami Dade Police Department will have his immediate command staff investigate the matter, once the officer and citizen are identified. The appropriate course of action will be taken at that point.”
Investigators said Castillo will not be reprimanded for pulling over the officer or for speeding in order to catch up to him.