Miami driver records police officer allegedly speeding

Officer apologizes to woman, says he doesn't believe he was speeding

MIAMI

A Miami driver turned the tables on a police officer by pulling him over after she said she observed him driving above the speed limit.

The incident happened on Interstate 95 at Northwest Eighth Street. The woman, identified as Claudia Castillo, recorded the entire event and uploaded the footage to YouTube

Castillo said she flashed her lights and honked her horn to get the Miami-Dade police officer to stop. When he finally pulled over, Castillo used her cellphone to record the interaction. 

"At 80 an hour, he was going faster than I was," Castillo told Local 10 News.

Castillo claims she was driving 80 mph and still could not catch up to the officer.

"I don't know how fast I was going, but I can tell you this, I'm on the way to work right now," the officer, identified as Daniel Fonticiella, said. "I don't believe I was speeding."

Fonticiella would go on to apologize to Castillo.

The Miami-Dade Police Department is investigating the incident.

Castillo said she doesn't want the officer fired, but she hopes it serves as a reminder that nobody is above the law.

"How ethical is it to pull somebody over for speeding and then turn around and speed yourself?" she said.

Since Castillo posted the video to social media, it has been shared thousands of times.

"I'm sure he could be a good cop. I'm sure he's done great things in this community," she said. "This one time, something went wrong. I've just, basically, brought it to his attention."

The Miami-Dade Police Department said there is a complaint process in place.

"We prefer that no one places themselves or the community at risk in an attempt to capture alleged misconduct," a statement from the department said. "Complaints can be made at any of our district stations or by calling/emailing our professional compliance bureau at 305-627-7100 or pcbinfo@mdpd.com."


About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba.