What's lurking in the water down in Florida? We're not referring to the Sunshine State's legendary gator population, we're just wondering why all of the news reports out of the state lately seem to feature its citizenry engaging in bizarre, ill-advised and often illegal activities. Today we bring you word of a pair of Clermont police officers who are in hot water following a speeding "prank."

According to reports, Officer Christina Fowler was on duty one evening last March, patrolling Highway 27 when she witnessed a car speeding through a construction zone. After flipping on her lights and pursuing, her quarry momentarily put on its brakes, but then took off at speeds up to 90 miles per hour. Fowler would eventually pull the car over, at which point the driver got out of the car and made a few quick steps, as if attempting to flee. Fowler, a nine-year vet, was approaching the vehicle at the time and drew her gun on the speeder. The suspect then identified himself as fellow officer Marc Thompson, who can then be seen in the dashcam video nearly collapsing from laughter, calling his maneuver a joke. According to the report, a pair of other off-duty officers were also in Thompson's vehicle, one of whom was a sergeant.

Despite speeding through the construction zone, no charges resulted from the incident, although judging by Officer Fowler's patrol car video – available by scrolling down – it looks like a good laugh was had by all.

All except those investigating the incident. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Officer Thompson and Sgt. Mark Edwards were fired earlier this month, and the officer who was in the back seat of Thompson's car ended up with a day's unpaid suspension.

The policemen's union is appealing the firings with the city manager.


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      • 3 Years Ago
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      msharvie
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The policemen union is appealing the firings with the city manager." Of course the union wants these irresponsible idiots to continue patrolling our streets. Whose going to protect us from these idiots? At 90 miles an hour on public streets they endangered every driver on the road! Screw the union, these men do not deserve to be on the police force when the do childish sh*t like this.
      Zeus
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a bunch of bullshit. The cop should be tried and arrested just like any other citizen in this country would have been. Another example of how police think they are above the laws they enforce. What a punk.
      Keldon
      • 3 Years Ago
      So totally typical of many cops today. Glad to know two more stupid cops are no longer on the force.
      Reality33
      • 3 Years Ago
      Never thought I would see the day my Town is on AB. I always wondered what the officers do here as nothing else ever goes on.....
      J D
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The policemen's union is appealing the firings with the city manager. " So now we all know how this story's going to end.
        Jonathan Wayne
        • 3 Years Ago
        @J D
        This type of nonsense is why a lot of people hate unions. They start out with good intentions and then they just abuse it. They are paying for it now.
        Noah
        • 3 Years Ago
        @J D
        Yep... how it always ends. Aren't unions great?
        Michael
        • 3 Years Ago
        @J D
        With the publicity, I wouldn't assume that.
        Camaroman101
        • 3 Years Ago
        @J D
        same thing i thought as soon as i read it
      Joe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Frigging stupid, and they deserved to be fired. Idiots.
      Swifty
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they filming for Super Troopers II?
      Tony
      • 3 Years Ago
      A prank is when you put a whoppee cushion on someones chair or change their desktop background--Not force a chase through a construction zone at 90mph (no matter what time of day). If I ran around firing my gun in the air, but didn't kill anybody, "prank" hardly describes that or what these clowns did...
      SAM
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it were you or I playing a prank like that we would be charged with attemting to flee, resisting arrest, heavily fined, have our insurance rates go up and probably lo0se our license. Unfortunately, these guys thought they were above the law.
      Wayne McGlothlin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any other person(s) would have been ticketed big time. Why not them??? Above the law???
        threedawgknights
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Wayne McGlothlin
        Yes, all Police, and Firemen are above the Law. Also arrogant, self centered, controlling, and Ego Maniacs. Once they become a person of some authority, it immeadiately go's to their head and stays there!
          ectullis
          • 3 Years Ago
          @threedawgknights
          So called public safety has been my customers for over 30 years and you description is exactly right.
      Jeff
      • 3 Years Ago
      This "joke" is straight out of the Super Troopers movie..
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