A police officer took a pair of drunken friends on a cruise through a major bar district and made the spectacularly poor decision of handing over his patrol car's PA mic to one of his intoxicated passengers. The incident happened in the early morning hours in Broward County, FL (did you really think it'd be anywhere else?).

According to the The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, phone calls from concerned passersby who thought the cruiser was stolen began flooding in after the drunken passenger began yelling derogatory remarks over the 2007 Dodge Charger Pursuit's loudspeaker. Local sheriff's deputies were soon on the scene to end the joy ride. Mello was not drunk at the time, but regardless, he was still released from the department following the August 2013 incident, an episode that is now just coming to light. Mello did, however, call off from his shift the following morning a few hours before getting pulled over.

Fallout from that episode led to 33-year-old Deputy Rodrigo Mello losing his job in January with the department that he'd spent nearly 10 years with, but now, the former deputy is attempting to get his job back. "It was stupid as could be and I look back at it now and it's absolutely ridiculous," Mello said in a sworn statement obtained by The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. "It was innocent fun. Now looking back at it, it was the stupidest decision I ever made in my life."

Now, you're probably thinking that there's no way someone could get their job back after such a stunt, right? Well, apparently they might be able to. "It's not a career-ender," Jeff Marano, of the Police Benevolent Association told the Sun-Sentinel. "Did he do something silly? Yeah, but you don't execute a person for that." The Sherriff's Office doesn't seem to be as forgiving, however, with the Sun-Sentinel quoting spokesperson Veda Coleman-Wright as saying, "The agency is opposing any attempt by him to be reinstated."

The matter is presently in arbitration. Take a look below for video of one of the phone calls reporting Mello and his friends, and then head into Comments and let us know if you think this former cop deserves his job back.

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      Just like supertroopers...this guy will get a job as an officer somewhere.
      • 1 Year Ago
      He should have been already fired for being too stupid to enforce the law.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Haha gotta love real life trolling
      Terrible Two
      • 1 Year Ago

      Well another absolutely stupid story to come out of that nut house we all call Florida.  This doesn't surprise me..lol

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      Im honestly shocked he got fired....I have seen police do much worse things both in person and on the news....and they are still working today..
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is hilarious, this is the reason cops are dicks. If you're not a humorless ******* you get fired.
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      Kinda surprised of all the things cops get away with, they actually fired this guy. But I don't blame them. Making jokes when interacting with people and bringing humor to your job is fine, but harassing random people while pretending to be on duty is just disrespectful to both citizens and the law. Imagine if someone decided to react to these idiots, I'd bet anything they'd be charged with acting against an officer. Bottom line, joke all you want to try to lighten up a conversation, but don't joke with the law. We don't get to so they don't get to.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Petty crime. Citizen gets arrested and charged. Petty Crime. Police officer doesn't get charged.
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        Petty crime. Citizen doesn't lose his job. Petty Crime. Police officer loses his job and good luck finding another one. Granted this idiot doesn't deserve to be a police officer.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder what else they did? Sad when their fun may ruin your freedom.... It's all good as long as YOU don't try to go heckle people while drunk. Isn't that a crime? It's serious when I do it, but not serious when they do it apparently. Your best protection is video cameras that record over 4G to a server you own and control.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      So many of these guys are on a power trip.
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      How about firing all the unprofessional, agressive fking cops who harrass people for nothing on a daily basis?
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      The PBA guy said," Did he do something silly? Yeah, but you don't execute a person for that." Well, Mr. PBA guy, they shoot people for a lot less in Florida or are you saying dead bodies do't count because they deserved it and the Deputy was just a good old boy having a good old time?
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