In the wake of this traffic stop Alpharetta Police Department released footage of the stop, but missing from the public video was was any indication of how fast their officer was driving. Not anymore! As you watch this version, note the officer’s creative replies to her supervisor’s repeated inquiry, “What is your speed?” (The complete incident report is at the end of this video.)
For those of you who are wondering, Dwayne Sherwood Pope was driving a 2018 McLaren 720S, a car that is – to be frank – so insanely fast that Pope’s story that he wasn’t trying to elude the officer? It’s almost believable. The 720S features a terrifying top speed of 212 MPH and is one of the quickest production cars in existence, with reported 0-60 times below 2.4 seconds.
Doesn’t go that fast when you’re in jail, though.
“What is your speed?”
“In excess of a hundred.” 😂
In the words of Officer C.N. Lawrence:
On 11/12/17 at approximately 0300 hours, I was traveling southbound on GA400 approaching Mansell Rd in a marked Alpharetta patrol vehicle (#15-07). I noticed a vehicle approaching me from behind in lane 2, which appeared to be traveling at a speed that I believed to be well above the posted 65 mph speed limit. The vehicle passed me and continued driving at a high rate of speed. The vehicle appeared to be accelerating at a fast rate. I visually estimated the vehicle’s speed to be in excess of 100 mph. I paced the vehicle at 105 mph, as it passed the Mansell Rd off-ramp. I also checked the vehicle’s speed with my RADAR device and the device read 109 mph. It quickly reached a speed in excess of 115 mph.
I activated my emergency equipment in an attempt to pull the vehicle over as it passed the Mansell on-ramp to GA400SB. The vehicle then continued to accelerate after I activated my emergency equipment. The vehicle was failing to maintain its lane, and at times would straddle the boundary line that divided two lanes of travel. The vehicle was also changing lanes without using a turn signal and weaving in and out of the traffic that it was passing. I checked the vehicle’s speed again with my RADAR device and the device read 155 mph.
I reached a speed of 143 mph in my patrol vehicle and the vehicle was still pulling away from me. The vehicle could not maintain a consistent speed, as it varied between 115 mph and 155 mph. The vehicle braked abruptly several times, but did not stop. As we passed the exit for Northridge (exit 6), the vehicle braked abruptly again and went from approximately 150 mph to 0 mph in a matter of several seconds.
After the vehicle came to a stop, I was able to identify it as a McLaren. I made contact with the driver, identified as Dwayne Pope. I asked him why he didn’t stop when I turned my blue lights on and he stated he did not see my blue lights or hear my siren. He stated that he pulled over when he saw me behind him, which was approximately 5 miles after I initiated my emergency equipment. I noticed his eyes were bloodshot, watery and glassy. I noticed he had a blank stare. I noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage about his breath and person. I asked how much he had been drinking and he stated, “not much.” I asked him how much that was and he stated three drinks. The stop continues from there, and the rest of the report is embedded in the video.
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