A Florida police officer was arrested for speeding on his way to work before he got into an argument with a sheriff’s deputy last Friday and drove away.
Orlando Police Officer Alexander Shaouni was reported to have been driving his tagged squad car at 80 mph in a 45 mph zone with no lights or sirens on. according to dash cam footage.
After seeing Shaouni speeding past him down a local road, the sheriff’s deputy turned on the lights, turned around in a nearby driveway, and gave chase for the speeding squad car.
When the deputy was turned around, Shaouni was nowhere to be seen – and the deputy had to key in three-digit numbers on the dual carriageway.
“Over 100 mph trying to catch him,” the deputy said during the chase.
When the deputy finally caught up with the fleeing squad car, Shaouni appeared to turn on the light himself and paused briefly before driving off again.
The pursuer yelled out the passenger window and asked Shaouni if he would stop once he finally stopped.
“What are you doing?” Shaouni asked. “I’m going to work, my husband. Why are you trying to stop me while I go to work?”
“Because you get to 80 at 45,” the deputy replied.
“I’m going to work,” Shaouni replied before showing off his uniform with an Orlando police vest. “What am I looking for, what am I dressed for, what am I looking for?”
The deputy then asks Shaouni for his driver’s license while he tries to do the traffic stop.
Shaouni jumped back into his squad car and drove off after refusing to surrender his driver’s license while the deputy gave chase again.
According to an accounting report seen by the Post, Shaouni was charged with resisting an officer, reckless driving and fleeing or escaping from a police officer with lights on and sirens on.
After the failed traffic stop, officers were able to identify Shaouni using his ID card and patrol car number. Bodycam footage also showed his name written on the chest of his police vest.
Shortly after the arrest, Shaouni was relieved of his duties in the department pending a review.
“The Orlando Police Department was notified by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, June 9 that OPD Officer Alexander Shaouni was involved in an incident in Seminole County that resulted in criminal charges,” police said from Orlando in a statement Statement to WESH 2 News. “Official Shaouni has been suspended from duty pending the criminal investigation of the Seminole County Sheriff and the OPD’s internal affairs investigation.”