Internal Affairs investigate officer's speeding
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida police officer is the subject of an Internal Affairs investigation after he was allegedly seen traveling at high speeds during the morning commute.
The marked Miami Gardens K-9 cruiser was captured on camera in the area of the Florida Turnpike and Kendall Drive at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, traveling at high speeds. 7News Traffic Reporter Steven J. Grey said, "My pilot noticed and said, 'Hey, look down there, it's a police officer flying up the Turnpike past Kendall Drive,' and I zoomed in with the camera ... something is going on because he's booking it down the, and we're coming up on Bird Road, sirens on, flashing lights and I thought maybe it was a chase."
Grey captured the officer as he sped and wove along the Turnpike. "He was cutting through traffic, cutting through people," said Grey. "I'm thinking something was going on, and then I look to the left and I go, 'Oh, wait a minute, we're getting closer and closer to the police department.'"
According to police, the officer who lives in the Southwest Miami-Dade area, was needed at a burglary call in Miami Gardens.
7's Skyforce continued to follow the police cruiser until it arrived at the Miami Gardens Police Department.
According to Miami Gardens Police, they said, once the officer's assistance was no longer needed on the burglary call because they apprehended the suspects, he discontinued the use of his lights and sirens. "It's about availability. He decided that he was available at this point in time, and he initiated his emergency lights, and proceeded to the incident scene," said Miami Gardens Police Detective Michael Wright. "Once he found out he was no longer needed, he deactivated his lights and proceeded to the station."
Details on the burglary call have not been released because it is part of the Internal Affairs investigation. "At this point, we just want to see if the officer violated our policy and procedures ... just the rate he was driving and the speed. That's all we can calculate on this investigation right now," said Wright.
The department is looking into an emergency mode was needed for an officer traveling from a far distance in moderate traffic.
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