A Florida Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a speeding Miami Police officer in 2011. The trooper is now suing after claimed harassment and privacy violations from several police agencies and individual officers.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper that made national headlines in 2011 after pulling over a speeding Miami Police Department officer, is suing police agencies and individual officers for harassment and violation of privacy.

In October 2011, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on early morning patrol in South Florida when a Miami Police car sped past her, topping speeds of 120 mph. 

Watts pursued the officer with her lights and siren on, but it took more than seven minutes to pull the speeder over. The officer, Fausto Lopez, was in full uniform and explained to Watts that he was running late for an off-duty job. 

In 2012, the Sun-Sentinel did this special report about cops and speeding.

He also told Watts that he didn't see her pursuing him. 


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Watts handcuffed Lopez and removed his weapon. The confrontation was caught on Watts' dashboard camera and Lopez was eventually fired.

Since the traffic stop, Watts claims that she has been harassed by prank calls and threats.

According to her lawyer, over a three-month period, at least 88 law enforcement officers from 25 different agencies accessed Watts' driver's license information more than 200 times.

Watts is suing those agencies and individual officers under the federal Driver Privacy Protection Act, the Associated Press reports. The 1994 law provides for a penalty of $2,500 for each violation if the information was improperly accessed. Watts could receive more than $500,000 if all the searches are found illegal.

Lawyers for the agencies have asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, saying that police officers cannot be held liable for merely accessing the information.  

A judge is expected to rule on the motions to dismiss the lawsuit in the coming weeks. 

Unnecessary speeding by police has been a reported problem in Florida for years. In 2009, Florida Highway Patrol troopers pulled over a speeding undercover cop that was late to work after an 18-mile chase through Palm Beach County.

In 2012, the Sun-Sentinel reported that the trend has dramatically declined