Opa-locka Cop Involved in Wrong-Way Crash Was Once Fired for Drag Racing on I-95

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photo from Facebook via Random Pixels
Cpl. Sergio Perez

The horrifying wrong-way crash that killed four people and snarled traffic for hours on I-95 Wednesday is beginning to look worse and worse for the troubled Opa-locka Police Department. Though city officials have denied that Cpl. Sergio Perez pursued a suspect well out of his jurisdiction onto the highway in the wrong direction, newly released audiotapes tell a different story.

Even worse, it turns out Perez had been fired from his previous police gig for crashing while drag-racing at more than 110 mph on I-95.


One thing that's indisputable: The whole grisly scene happened because Perez chased a driver named Willie Dumel who'd made an illegal right turn. (That's despite the fact that Opa-locka's rules allow pursuits only in the case of serious felonies.)

At some point, Dumel fled north in I-95's southbound lanes. That's where his vehicle struck a minivan carrying 31-year-old Navy officer Albertson Almase and his three passengers -- Dennis Ortiz, 33; Lily Azarcon, 26; and his newlywed sister, 26-year-old Kristina Almase. All died on the spot.


Perez's superiors in Opa-locka told the media yesterday that he'd stopped his pursuit when the suspect entered the highway the wrong way. Bu new tapes obtained by the Miami Herald seem to show Perez following Dumel right onto I-95 and then screaming, "Oh my God!" when the suspect hit the minivan.

The cop's record is not going to help Opa-locka's case that he was operating within procedures on Wednesday.

Perez, who failed multiple tests to get a Miami Beach police job (possibly for impersonating a cop, says Random Pixels, which also unearthed embarrassing Facebook photos), was fired from Miami Shores' force in 2006 after wrecking his car while drag racing at more than 110 mph on I-95, the Herald reports.

photo from Facebook via Random Pixels
Perez on South Beach with another officer. 

Opa-locka hired him a year later anyway. Since joining the force, he's been accused of putting a gun in a juvenile's mouth, beating up a sexual assault suspect, and punching a woman in the face so hard during an arrest that she needed facial reconstruction surgery and metal plates inserted into her head, the Herald writes.

Perez is on administrative leave while the crash is under review. Dumel, who survived the wreck with two broken legs, faces four counts of vehicular homicide.

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16 comments
m0th3r
m0th3r

So who hired this idiot? The accountability of public officials is laughable these days.  Who exactly is in charge?



Another 100 IQ thug in action...

ouster99
ouster99

Sergio Perez is being paid by Juan Ferrufino of Transatlantic Spares and Services to stalk and harass neighbors at 10603 SW 6 Street, Pembroke Pines FL 33025... He does not maintain a permanent address there but yet if you go there you will see he is always going in and out of there. But he's a cop so no one questions stuff. I promise you this is real.

dantevida
dantevida

Hope Opa Locka has, or can hire good attorneys.  This is going to cost $$$$$.

AreaMan
AreaMan

Scary dude, acting like a gangster with a badge. Are there so few qualified candidates for police officer jobs? I can't believe that any PD couldn't do better than this evil turd.

mishuta
mishuta

So who hired him? names! addresses! Who hires and trains these animals?

Meesh Kachian
Meesh Kachian

welcome to corrupt south florida, where police departments are more dangerous than criminals...

mishuta
mishuta

not much sympathy for miami area cops and their families though. they are all cowards...  worst and more dangerous than any columbian mafia hitman whatever...

Burbank Okuda
Burbank Okuda

"we are going northbound in the southbound lane" said this cop. Really, you are chasing someone going the wrong way on an interstate highway? This cop caused murder and why was he chasing this guy? Because he made an illegal right turn...was this worth four lives? The Opa Locka PD is responsible for this clown possing as a cop. He was investigated three times and the corrupt and violent Opa Loca PD covered up his brutality and let him off the hook. Charge this brut with vehicular homicide, investigate the entire department, remove the Chief and get an outside authorities to review and investigate this criminal body possing as police officers.

wowwow
wowwow

This guy should have never been a cop

internetinternet
internetinternet

Go through every person he arrested and look at the booking photos for signs his other victims were beaten. 

mofeta
mofeta

Just look at his face. You can tell that dude wouldn't be able to cut it at a community college Intro to English class. Asshole. 

FatHand
FatHand

For all of our sakes, Opa-locka PD stay in your own city! There is plenty of blame to go around on this one, not that any of it matters to the families of the four dead young adults. I feel sick. 

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