A Clermont police officer faces possible discipline after he was caught on video speeding down Interstate 4, nearly rear-ending a driver.
Jeff Davis recorded the video after he said the officer, whose name has not been released, was speeding nearly 20 miles above the speed limit with no lights or sirens on and nearly hit his car.
Davis recorded the officer, who was outside his jurisdiction, for two miles at speeds of 87 mph and uploaded the video to YouTube. He then sent the link to Clermont Interim Police Chief Charles Broadway.
"This incident is isolated and it will be dealt with. It is not indicative of the great employees here," Broadway said.
Broadway has been in charge of the department for less than a month and acknowledged the incident is an embarrassment for the Clermont Police Department in the wake of two other officers pulling a prank on one of their peers by driving 90 mph down US Highway 27.
After that stunt, Police Chief Steve Graham announced his retirement.
As for the latest officer's stunt, Broadway said the severity of the discipline will not be determined until a full investigation is conducted.
"I will say officers are held to a hired standard than the average citizen," he said.
In the video, the officer apparently realizes someone is following him and possibly recording him, so he significantly slows down and moves into the right lane.
Davis told Local 6 that he knows traveling at a high rate of speed was also wrong for himself, but added that he believes officers should not be citing other drivers if they do not follow the law themselves.
Davis has not been ticketed, although authorities said that could change. Clermont police said they plan to forward the video to Florida Highway Patrol to see if he should face charges.
Local 6 Legal Analyst Luis Calderon says it would be difficult to prove Davis was speeding with an uncalibrated car speedometer.
"For a speeding citation to be issued against this individual would be very tough to substantiate, even though he was the one recording," Calderon said. "It's impossible to verify. It's not going to hold up in court against him."
Calderon said if the driver were to get into a crash while juggling an iPad and chasing after a police officer they could face a lawsuit.