Florida Highway Patrol

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    September 11, 2014

    One Year After Ban, Only 352 People Have Been Cited For Texting While Driving in Miami

    As of last October 1, texting while driving in Florida is illegal. But almost one year after the ban went into effect, it's clear police across the state -- and in Miami-Dade County -- are rarely enforcing the law. Only 352 texting while driving citations have been issued in the county in 2013, a ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Opa-locka Police Officer Edward Law Arrested for DUI After Rear-Ending Car

    Lieutenant Edward Law found himself of the wrong end of, well, the law. The Opa-locka police officer was arrested on Friday night while driving his unmarked police cruiser after rear ending another car on the Golden Glades interchange. Police say he was intoxicated.

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    May 1, 2014
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    March 28, 2014

    Hip-Hop Trio Migos Involved In I-95 Party Bus Shootout

    Atlanta rap trio Migos have had a hell of a 2014 already, with Complex naming one member, Quavo, the year's most influential rapper for his oft-imitated rhythm as the group has dropped new videos with Souljah Boy and about Emmitt Smith. Early this morning, the crew were headed south down I-95 in M ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    R.I.P. Gov. Reubin Askew: What Scott and Crist Can Learn From Our Greatest Governor

    Reubin Askew, the Democratic Governor who helped bring Florida into the modern age, died early this morning at the age of 85. Rated as one of the top ten governors of the 20th century by Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Askew's legacy still resonates throughout the state. He supported ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Horrifying Video of Wrong-Way Crash and Explosion That Killed Four USF Students

    Early Sunday morning a 2001 Ford Expedition sped onto Interstate 295 going the wrong way and exploded into a 2010 Hyundai Sonata, killing all four University of South Florida students inside. According to video obtained by Live Leak, a woman named Jada Wright was following the Ford Expedition's tra ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Miami's DJ SonicC and Two Others Killed in Krome Avenue Car Accident

    Over the weekend, a head-on car accident on Krome Avenue tragically killed three people. At approximately 1:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, a Dodge Durango SUV driven by 19-year-old Erick Betancourt veered into oncoming traffic and smashed into a Chevy Cavalier. "The impact was so severe," Florida High ... More >>

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    December 4, 2013

    Miami Traffic Tickets Double in Last Decade, Making Us by Far Worst Drivers in Florida

    How did Miami drivers become the worst in the state? If clues exist, they're buried inside a mammoth beige building tucked behind palm trees off Flagler Street just South of Doral. Here, down a hallway whiter than a psychiatric ward, are the offices of Alex Hanna — South Florida's most succe ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Miami Beach Cops Arresting People for DUI a Lot Less, but Not Because People Are Drunk Driving Less

    Last year, Miami Beach police popped just 492 people for driving under the influence. This year, they're on track to arrest 442, with only 221 in the first six months. In 2009, they arrested just fewer than 1,300 people for DUI. The plunge comes not because people in Miami Beach appear to be drink ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Florida Woman Arrested for DUI Wanted to "Taste the Ocean" and the Trooper

    Late last week on I-75 near Naples, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted a blue 2012 Ford Focus going 87 mph in a 70 mph zone, and inside was all the crazy. The driver, Leyla Denise Aykin, realized she was being pulled over and promptly slowed to 40 mph -- while both her left arm and foot stuck ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    A Dozen Drivers Left With Double Flat Tires on I-95 This Morning

    Traffic backups on I-95 are nothing new, but this morning's installment was thanks to a mysterious metal object that left nearly every motorist who drove over it with two flat tires. According to WSVN, nearly a dozen drivers were victims of the pesky piece of metal, and the aftermath caused quite ... More >>

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    March 21, 2013

    Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe Busted for DUI Just a Month Before Election

    Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe found himself on the wrong side of the law this morning after getting busted for DUI. The arrest comes just a month before he's set to face off in a runoff election to keep his seat.A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was called out at 3:46 a.m. to investigate a car acciden ... More >>

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    December 26, 2012

    FHP Trooper Who Pulled Over Miami Cop Fausto Lopez Claims She Was Harassed and Forced to Live Like a Hermit

    More than 14 months after the saga of Fausto Lopez, the City of Miami police officer who was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper while speeding 120 mph down the Florida Turnpike to an off-duty job, is still causing embarrassment for the department.Now the trooper, Donna "Jane" Watts, has fil ... More >>

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    December 6, 2012

    Florida Man Found Driving Around With Traffic Sign Embedded In His Skull

    When Florida Highway Patrol officers pulled over an erratically swerving gray Camaro yesterday outside of St. Augustine, they figured they had a standard DUI on their hands. The driver, 63-year-old Leslie Richard Newton, had in fact been boozing and driving, the FHP says -- but that's not the main r ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Florida Doctor Arrested for DUI, Spits Blood on Trooper, Goes Insane on Video

    Dr. Zachary Bird, 41, was driving along a Central Florida road early Sunday morning, likely under the influence, when his car nearly sideswiped a Florida Highway Patrol captain's car. That's horrible enough, but it was Bird's outrageous actions caught on videotape after his arrest that are making ne ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    Car Thief Caught While Pooping on the Side of I-95

    If you're driving a stolen vehicle and are "not trying to go to jail," it's best to keep a low profile. You shouldn't do anything to draw attention yourself. You certainly shouldn't pull over and drop a number two on the side of one of Florida's busiest highways. Basically, don't be Mellisa Mansfiel ... More >>

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    April 5, 2012

    Speeding Cop Fausto Lopez Sentenced to 100 Hours of Community Service

    City of Miami police officer Fausto Lopez sure loves driving over 100 MPH, and now he'll have to do 100 hours of community service because of it. The officer who was pulled over and arrested by a Florida Highway Patrol officer in October in a dramatic stop caught on video was sentenced today, and, a ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    Speeding Cop Fausto Lopez Could Avoid Jail Time

    ​Fausto Lopez, the city of Miami Police Officer who was pulled over by a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper for speeding 120 mph down the Florida Turnpike while off duty, could get a plea deal that would keep him out of jail. Lopez faces misdemeanor reckless driving charges. The maximum punishment for ... More >>

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    January 2, 2012

    Five Worst Miami Cops of the Year: Rape Porn, Drunk Driving and A Horrible Chief

    illustration by Pat Kinsella​As always, we'll start Riptide's annual tradition of counting down our list of the year's worst cops with a caveat: being a cop in the 305 is one of the toughest law enforcement gigs in the country and despite the weekly headlines here, most Dade cops do good work. As ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Miami's top news stories of 2011

    Dude, where's my city? Miami wakes up with a pounding headache.

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    December 2, 2011

    Miami Cops and FHP Troopers Try to Bury the Hatchet With A Softball Game

    ​How do you smooth over a cop-on-trooper feud that's escalated from high speed chases to retaliatory arrests to dumping five tons of human feces onto an official police vehicle?If you're the Miami Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol, you settle the simmering beef the old fashioned way ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Miami Cop Thomas Vokaty Disciplined for Retaliatory Stop of FHP Trooper

    ​The apparent ongoing fight between City of Miami Police officers and Florida Highway Patrol troopers is both sickening and pathetic. These are people paid with taxpayer money to protect Dade County. Not get into to pissing matches.The MPD has declared that no such rivalry exists, but just yesterd ... More >>

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    November 9, 2011

    Joe Sanchez's Car is Covered in Five Gallons of Feces in Gruesome Crime Photos

    Joe Sanchez​When former mayoral candidate and commissioner Joe Sanchez announced this morning that his Florida Highway Patrol cruiser had been vandalized with human feces -- possibly the latest salvo in a raging between FHP and the Miami police -- we were picturing a liberally placed turd or two. ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Miami Cop Fausto Lopez's 120 MPH Turnpike Drive Caught On Video

    via You Tube​How often does one grainy police video end up capturing the best and worst of local cops? One on side, there's Fausto Lopez -- a 35-year-old Miami police officer whose name immediately joins the bad cop pantheon of Adam Tavss, Derick Kuilan and Lavont Flanders after he led a Florida H ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Drunk Miami Man Steals BMW from Crash Scene on I-75

    ​Alligator Alley may be one of the country's most boring drives, unless, of course, you happen to be joy riding in a stolen BMW while drunk. That's what Miami resident Richard Jouel Abraham allegedly did yesterday, but now he's sitting in the slammer.

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    October 27, 2011
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    October 13, 2011
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    July 20, 2011

    Alonzo Mourning Accused of Hit-and-Run Car Crash While Driving Porsche

    ​A Miami art school student is set to file a lawsuit against Alonzo Mourning claiming that the former Heat star crashed his Porsche into the student's car on the Julia Tuttle Causeway early Sunday morning before fleeing. Mourning did return to the scene, however, nearly an hour later in a separate ... More >>

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    June 28, 2011

    Report: Rick Scott Pushed to Completely Eliminate Florida Highway Patrol

    ​Rick Scott wants to be known as the job creation governor, but almost seven months into office he's become more known for what he's destroyed, or tried to. After killing Florida's federally funded high-speed rail program, and reports that he attempted to do away with Citizens Property Insurance, ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Dolphins Great Bob Kuechenberg Busted for DUI

    ​Bob "Kooch" Kuechenberg, a Miami Dolphins legend who played for the unbeaten '72 team and racked up six Pro Bowl selections, has been busted for a DUI. The arrest comes after he side swiped another vehicle while trying to make a lane change on a stretch of I-95 in Broward County on Saturday night ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    December 30, 2010

    Top Five Florida 420 Busts in 2010

    ​Marijuana production is at an all-time high in Florida and so are grow house busts. The local, state, and federal law enforcement weed eradication program has seen a 50 percent spike in the number of grow labs in less than four years. It's easy pickings for Johnny Law when you think about it. Gro ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Udonis Haslem's Drug Charges Dropped

    When the Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem was charged by the Florida Highway Patrol with a third degree felony of possessing more than 20 grams of marijuana things seemed shady. We went as far as to call it a "miscarriage of justice." Now, the State Attorney's Office has dropped all charges against the ho ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    FHP Finds Driver Passed Out in SUV With a 100 Pounds of Marijuana

    The actual vehicle was only slightly less conspicuous ​A Florida Road Ranger, one of those helpful services that give free assistance to highway motorists with car troubles, stopped to offer help last night to a driver who had pulled over near the median of the Palmetto Expressway. He found the dr ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Police Officer Arrested After $131K Roadside Heist

    Miami-Dade Police officer John Villar has been arrested by his own force after he was charged with stealing $131,000 in a roadway robbery. Villar and two accomplices, including his cousin, targeted a man who had just won the money by betting on the NBA playoffs.Villar pulled the man over in an unmar ... More >>

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    May 17, 2010

    Trooper Patrick Ambroise Killed in Car Fire After Being Hit by Teen Driver

    Patrick Ambroise, a Florida Highway Patrol man was parked on the shoulder of the Florida Turnpike, most likely running a radar on traffic, when his patrol car was hit from behind by a Lexus. The collision sparked a fire in the patrol car, and the officer died on the scene. The accident happened arou ... More >>

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    July 9, 2009

    Nightmare Cop

    Four dead suspects and 92 complaints later, this guy is still on the beat.

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    May 14, 2009

    Renegade Road

    A woman perishes in a collision with an Indian leader's kin. Her family cries coverup.

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    January 30, 2008

    Fie On You, Castle of Poop and Inconvenience

    I want to start the Burn Down the South Dade Justice Building (after everyone goes home) Club. But in the interest of diplomacy, I’ll settle for re-naming the place The Castle of Poop and Inconvenience. Any takers? Frankly, I feel like all of my constitutional rights and bodily orifices have be ... More >>

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    March 15, 2007

    Axing the Property Tax

    Potamkins homestead has a market value of $21 million.... Raul Masvidal owes $33,639 in taxes for his four-bedroom residence.

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    February 6, 2007
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    November 2, 2006

    Crash Dummies

    Watch out where you walk in Miami

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    October 23, 2006


    My life is informed by film, and when I am having a particularly terrible terrible awful experience, I often suspend the trauma by framing it through someone else's celluloid suffering, conjuring an imaginary foil the way Jimi Mistry invented Kyle MacLachlan as Cary Grant in A Touch of Pink. On Thur ... More >>

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    December 22, 2005

    No Foul, No Crackup

    After the cane, things were safer than you thought

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    November 18, 1999

    The Main Drag

    Welcome to the deadly, thrilling world of drag racing, Miami style. It's all about speed.

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    November 4, 1999

    Cop Till You Drop

    Beach officials hope a boatload of cops will control the half-million revelers expected on New Year's Eve

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    January 2, 1997

    Juris Without Prudence

    What litigant is willing to take Madonna, the CIA, and Governor Chiles to court? It's Alfredo F. de Castro, Miami's one-man suit factory.

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    May 26, 1993

    Explosive Exclusive!

    Former Miami airline executive Ricardo Samitier, Sr. (not his penis-enlarging son, Ricardo, Jr.) was the would-be mad bomber who rattled the Washington Post

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    December 16, 1992

    Dark Passage

    Which will kill you first: Commuting regularly across I-395 in the pitch blackness, or holding your breath until the DOT fixes the streetlights?

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    December 16, 1992

    Stop! Thief! C-R-U-N-C-H!

    The good old days of high-speed police chases (and the resulting mayhem) are about to end

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