Florida Man Arrested After Trying to Challenge Police Officer to Car Race

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A 20-year-old Florida man who was arrested last Friday after attempting to race a police officer on a highway told authorities that he was “just trying to go fast.”

Connor Michael Proleika, of Tampa, was detained by a Clearwater Police officer shortly after 2 a.m. on November 22 and is facing a charge of racing on highways. The suspect violated his probation linked to charges in Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Proleika told authorities he had not been aware the other driver was a police officer, according to an arrest affidavit published by the Pinellas County Clerk.

The incident took place on Courtney Campbell Causeway, which is a 9.5 mile stretch of road that runs between Tampa and Clearwater.

Police did not say if the Clearwater officer had been driving a patrol car or an unmarked vehicle. Details of the suspect’s car were also unreleased.

The arrest report said: “[Proleika] was observed driving eastbound on the Courtney Campbell Causeway trying to bait this officer to race him.

“The defendant then revved his engine and took off, reaching speeds of 124 miles per hour (mph) with wanton disregard for other motorists. This officer made contact with [Proleika] and was advised by the defendant that he was just trying to go fast and didn’t know I was a police officer.”

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Article URL: https://www.newsweek.com/florida-man-tampa-arrested-racing-police-officer-courtney-campbell-causeway-1473808

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