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Late for work and speeding, an undercover cop led Florida Highway Patrol troopers on an 18-mile chase through Palm Beach County before stopping, then expected some professional courtesy.
"You're not gonna put handcuffs on me. I'm a cop,'' Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Carlos Lisboa said, according to a statement from one of the pursuing troopers.
The incident began when Maliszewski clocked Lisboa, who was late for his 2 p.m. shift, going 92 mph on Florida's Turnpike in Jupiter.
On his way to join an undercover team conducting surveillance in Boynton Beach, Lisboa was driving an unmarked Dodge Journey SUV.
The trooper pulled in behind Lisboa with his siren wailing, but rather than stop, the deputy flashed the blue and red lights in the rear window of the SUV and kept going — for 13 minutes.
One of Lisboa's supervisors later told sheriff's investigators he instructed Lisboa by radio to "pull the f*** over,'' but that the deputy said he couldn't because he'd been stopped before for speeding and feared a confrontation.
"There's gonna be a fight. I'm gonna kick this guy's a**," Lisboa said, according to the supervisor.
Lisboa held his badge out the window before being pulled out and handcuffed.
"The suspect began shouting that he was a deputy and working with the feds on a high-profile case,'' Maliszewski wrote in a report. "The suspect was now threatening me that I would lose my job for stopping him.''
Lisboa told the troopers he couldn't pull over because he was on a stakeout. His boss, Sgt. Michael Custer, later disputed that.
"He was not following anybody,'' Custer told the FHP. "We had one target we were looking for that day, and he was not on the turnpike.''
After confirming Lisboa was a sheriff's deputy, the troopers removed his handcuffs. He was formally arrested later on a felony charge of fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer, a misdemeanor.
In March, Lisboa pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless driving and was fined $50 plus court costs, a total of $506. The Sheriff's Office suspended him for 30 days without pay and revoked his take-home car for a year.
About The Investigation
We've all seen it, and now there's documented proof. Cops drive fast -- really fast, and not just in emergencies.
Their SunPass records provided the evidence. The Sun Sentinel got ahold of them, hit the highways with a GPS and figured out how fast they were driving based on the distance and time it took to go from one toll location to the next. The investigation took three months and found nearly 800 cops from 12 police agencies driving 90 to 130 mph during the past year. See What We Found