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Tourists say bad RCIPS encounter ruined vacation

A group of US tourists say an encounter with police left them with a bad taste in their mouth, prompting them to cut their Cayman getaway short.

Karina Collado and her brother-in-law Jose Garcia, a New York City cop told Cayman 27 they spent around $5000 total to book a holiday for themselves and their significant others. They said they were in a rental car, admittedly a bit lost, trying to find a restaurant for dinner after a long day of travelling, when they were pulled over for driving too slow.

An RCIPS spokesperson told Cayman 27 officers noted the erratic driving, leading to the interaction.

Ms. Collado said one officer was very rude while accusing her husband, who was driving, of being drunk.

“He had a British accent, he was extremely rude, he was condescending,” said Ms. Collado. “It is something that needs to be confronted and it is something that shouldn’t happen to other tourists because you are going to run the tourism away from the Cayman Islands.”

“Through my experience, being a police officer, I felt that the way he handled the whole situation was kind of targeting,” said Mr. Garcia. “We were found guilty, right away, in his mind.”

Ms. Collado said a breath test was administered on scene, and her husband blew a zero. She said a RCIPS Seargeant later offered her an apology for the officer’s actions.

The RCIPS told Cayman 27 the officers were justified to pull the car over, and once it was ascertained the driver wasn’t drunk, the car was allowed to go.

About the author

Joseph Avary

Joseph Avary

Joe Avary joined the Cayman 27 team in January 2014, bringing nearly two decades of experience in TV news to the islands. He spends his time away from the office scuba diving, practicing yoga, and trying to make his friends laugh at his comedic stylings. He proudly calls the district of West Bay home, and loves nothing more than relaxing visits to the Sister Islands.

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