Fausto Lopez, Miami police officer, pleads no contest after a trooper clocked him going 120 mph

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A Miami police officer stopped after a state trooper clocked him going 120 miles per hour on Florida's Turnpike has pleaded no contest to reckless driving and will not face jail.

Six-year veteran Officer Fausto Lopez was also ordered Thursday to pay $3,300 in prosecution costs and perform 100 hours of community service. The South Florida SunSentinel (http://sunsent.nl/Hw2SHV ) reports Lopez could still face Miami Police Department disciplinary action.

Lopez's arrest was captured on a Florida Highway Patrol car's dashboard camera after a trooper stopped him for speeding in Broward County. The widely viewed video showed the trooper approaching Lopez's police cruiser with her gun drawn and handcuffing him.

A Sun Sentinel investigation using toll records found Lopez had reached speeds over 100 mph 114 times on the turnpike in one year.

 

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