Allegedly Drunk, Joyriding Miami Beach Cop on ATV Runs Over Beachgoers

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​Three people are recovering in local hospitals this afternoon, and police are looking into whether an on-duty Miami Beach cop put them there by getting blitzed at the Clevelander, picking up a girl, and then joyriding on an ATV early this morning.

Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega says investigators are awaiting toxicology reports to determine if the officer was drunk when he ran over two beachgoers around 5 a.m. Mayor Matti Herrera Bower told the Miami Herald she's furious over the allegation: "I'm very upset about it. This is not something that should have happened. They're supposed to be protecting the beach, not drinking."

The allegations are the latest in a rough month for the department -- a force that a New Times investigation last year found rampant with disciplinary problems and highly paid officers.

The Miami Beach PD made national headlines during Memorial Day's Urban Beach Week over a spate of shootings and allegations that officers destroyed phones and cameras wielded by bystanders.

The latest incident happened at 5:15 a.m. near Fourth Street on the beach, the Herald reports. An officer on an ATV ran over at least two people, sending two women and one man to local hospitals.

Noriega, who declined to release the officer's name, says investigators are looking into allegations that the cop had been drinking with another officer while on duty and then picked up a woman at the Clevelander before the accident.

"We have not been able to prove that he, in fact, was drinking as of yet," Noriega said. "And if I could confirm that, I would fire him right now."

We'll update this post when we learn more about the incident.

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17 comments
Kuei
Kuei

Kill the disgusting pig.

Asdfasd
Asdfasd

More pathetic behavior from the "authority" in Miami Beach.  Police, lifeguards, and all the scumbags out there eying all the naked ladies need to go to hell.

ScaredofMiamiBeach
ScaredofMiamiBeach

I wouldn't risk my life for a beach day there anymore...and I'm a local. What about tourists who read these stories? Our beach cops are essentially ruining our reputation and tourism WILL decline if someone doesn't do something to retrain these meatheads...I mean, officers.

Easmiami
Easmiami

He deserve's to be in jail and fire after that..

MB cops hate tourists
MB cops hate tourists

This is definitely not the first time a MiamiBeach policeman has run over innocent tourists.

True, once before a policeman killed a young female tourist in front of her sister.

Noreiga should promptly fire the idiot. No one alleged he was rushing to an emergency. Fire the idiot before he kills another tourist.

JugoDrink
JugoDrink

Miami PD.... on a role!! Serve and Neglect! 

Mia33138
Mia33138

Fuck the police is how I treat 'em.

felony
felony

It sjönöd be à felony.

Fire the idiot
Fire the idiot

This isn't the first time Miami Beach employees have run over innocent civilians on the beach. A few years ago an employee or a policeman ran over a lady just sunning herself. She was badly injured.

Exador
Exador

The problem with this is that you then enter a spiral.  Bad beach means less tourists.Less tourists means less money.Less money means less upkeep.Less upkeep means worse beach.Repeat.

howie h
howie h

here is the story,  http://www.prisontalk.com/foru... [it was two women like i remember and one was injured and her sister was killed. i never heard what happened to the COP. they covered it up perhaps?

howie h
howie h

badly injured? not from what i remember, she died! and i dont need to google it, not many would forget somethng like that!

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