Commissioner accused of using position to get out of traffic citation
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A complaint has been filed against City of Miami Commissioner Frank Carollo after he was accused of using his position of influence to get out of a traffic infraction.
The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust gathered Tuesday morning to review the incident involving Carollo and the handling of a traffic ticket.
The complaint filed over a year ago by Miami blogger Al Crespo alleges Carollo called Miami Police Chief Manuel Oroso after being pulled over by police last August near Tiger Tail Avenue in Miami. Carollo had been stopped for allegedly going around a city garbage truck. The commissioner was never given a ticket and was let go with a warning.
Oroso said the commissioner did call him, but it was only to ask why there were so many city trucks and police vehicles blocking the roadway. "Commissioner Carollo was just upset at the time, and he wanted to know what was going on when he got stopped," said Oroso.
The police chief also explained going around a garbage truck is very common in the area where Carollo was stopped. "Going around the garbage truck which happens every single day in the city when the garbage truck stops, and they take long and you move around, especially in Tiger Tail where it's a busy street where people just go around garbage trucks all the time."
Crespo who filed the complaint said, "How many other people get the opportunity to call the chief of police when they get stopped for a traffic ticket?" He then turned to Oroso and asked him, "Chief, would you like to answer that question? How many people call you up and ask you when they get caught?"
Oroso replied, "Certainly not you, Al."
Crespo said, "That's right, and I never would."
Orosa stresses that at no point Carollo explicitly asked him to ask him to get out of a traffic violation. "Whatever he thought, it wasn't communicated to me, and I got no inkling that that's what he wanted, and I didn't do anything," said Orosa.
Reporter: "So he never said, 'Get me out of a ticket?'"
Orosa: "No, he did not."
Carollo said, "I will continue to do the work of the City of Miami even though this is a distraction. I will continue to work for my community. Thank you."
The Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust will reconvene on Sept. 12 to hear the commissioner's side of the story.
Carollo's attorney, Ben Kuehne, said, "Commissioner Carollo acted honorably. What he did was fully consistent with his duties, and there is no way, shape or form that he engaged in any impropriety."
If the commissioner is found at fault, he will be fined.
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