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Officer attempts to use status to avoid DUI

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PLANTATION, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida officer tried to use his law enforcement position to avoid a traffic ticket, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

FHP has reported, 40-year-old Miami-Dade Police Officer Albert Coriat attempted to make an illegal U-turn Feb. 16, around 3 a.m., on the Florida Turnpike in Plantation, near Mile Marker 59.

When Coriat was pulled over, he held out his badge and ID to the trooper and informed him that it was OK for him to drive that way.

Coriat was then held with suspicion of DUI and while sitting in the backseat of one of the trooper's vehicle, surveillance footage caught him pleading with troopers, saying, "I'm Metro, bro. I'm Metro. Just [inaudible] me out, man. We're good. I'm Metro. We're all cops, man. Come on, I'm Metro. Please ... please."

Coriat also mentioned that he had previously pulled over people in the past who had been under the influence and let them go.

According to the arrest report, Coriat also said, "We need to stick together."

The 14-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department was given a roadside sobriety test that he failed and was arrested. Coriat was asked to stand on one leg, which he managed to do for a few seconds before he stumbled. He was also asked to walk a straight line, and as before, he appeared to start off well, even gestured to the trooper for approval, but he began to lose his footing as he walked back towards the trooper.

Coriat asked why the trooper was arresting him, the trooper responded, "Sir, I haven't done anything to you, sir. You did this to yourself. I didn't tell you to go out and drink and then drive."

He was eventually booked at the Broward County jail and charged with DUI, but prior to being booked, Coriat continued to plead for his release. He even said if the roles were reversed, he would let the trooper go. "I would help you out," he said.

The trooper responded, "If you had stopped me drunk you would have let me go?"

Coriat replied, "No, I would have let you go."

"You wouldn't take me to jail?"

"No, I would have let you go."

"No, I'm sorry, that doesn't work that way."

Coriat has been relieved of duty, pending the outcome of the criminal case.


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