Officer fired after speeding on highway speaks out at hearing
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A South Florida police officer who was fired after he was accused of speeding is asking for a second chance.
The man behind the wheel is former City of Miami Police officer Fausto Lopez. He was fired last year from the Miami Police Department after a Florida State trooper clocked him going 120 miles per hour in his cruiser on the Florida Turnpike in Hollywood.
Lopez is now asking for his job back. Lopez, spoke publicly at an arbitration hearing on Tuesday.
The Sun-Sentinel provided 7News with the video.
Assistant City Attorney Janeen Richard: "The facts say you were traveling 120 miles an hour. That's what the facts say."
Lopez: "Those are the allegations, yes, ma'am."
The 6-year veteran was arrested in October of 2011, and the video of his arrest went viral. "I'm moving out of the way of a police vehicle. I'm thinking that she has her own emergency. There's cars in both of out ways, so I'm trying to make an opening for her to pass through," said Lopez.
Lopez pleaded no contest to reckless driving and paid $3,000 in fines and agreed to perform community service to avoid jail time. To this day, Lopez insists he did nothing wrong.
Richard: "But do you agree with me that you're driving was reckless?"
Lopez: "No, ma'am, I cannot agree with you."
Lopez addressed the video that shows him allegedly flying past a state trooper.
Lopez: "We must have passed two or three or four exits by the time that she comes up to what is my car, so at that point do we know for a fact that it's my car? Did she determine that? Cause it's obvious that she said she didn't knot, so when she comes across my vehicle, she says, 'I think I got him.'"
The hearing was intense at times.
Richard: "But it was you that she was traveling behind?"
Lopez: "Well, that's what we're assuming."
Richard: "OK, we can assume."
The former officer answered several questions in order to get his job back.
Richard: "These are not hard questions ... I am simply asking you, were you charged? You keep telling me these are allegations. I'm asking you about the citation that you received that you eventually pled no contest."
Lopez: "No, no, ma'am. I believe the original question was I diving recklessly, and I said no."
The arbitrator in this case who will decide if Lopez will get his job back is expected to make a decision in three months.
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