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World’s Dumbest Criminal – Man Tried Street-racing a Cop

By Cody Roark

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See The Dad of All Trades

Welcome, readers, to yet another installment of World’s Dumbest Criminal! We’ve all seen the cliché scene of two cars stopped at a traffic light. One driver begins revving the engine, attempting to bait the other driver into a street race. Well, what if the other driver was an undercover cop?

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That’s exactly what happened to Connor Michael Proleika, 20, of Tampa, Florida back in November. Proleika attempted to bait the officer into the race, he didn’t bite. Then our Mr. Fast and Furious exploded down the Courtney Campbell Causeway, reaching a top speed of 124 miles per hour.

World's Dumbest Criminal - Man Tried Street-racing a Cop
World’s Dumbest Criminal, Connor Proleika’s Mugshot

The undercover Clearwater police officer caught up to Proleika and pulled him over. He was then arrested for street racing and promptly hauled off to the Pinellas County Jail. Our criminal with a need for speed was on probation for other felonies at the time of his arrest, grand theft and possession of a controlled substance. In doing so, Proleika violated his probation. The worst part of all this being he had just recently been released from jail.

When the officer made the arrest, Proleika did have a confession to make. He said, “I had no idea you were a cop. I would never have tried to race you if I knew you were a cop. I really screwed up, man.” You can definitely say that again.

Connor Proleika picked the wrong person to try to race on the Courtney Campbell Causeway one recent morning. He was…

Posted by Clearwater Police Department on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The entire escapade transpired around 2 a.m. on the morning of November 22. The Clearwater Police report does not indicate what type of vehicle Proleika was trying to race with, though the officer was in an unmarked police car. Clearwater Police Department took to Facebook to release a brief summary of the incident. The post, naturally, blew up on social media for locals of the area.

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This concludes another ridiculous installment of the World’s Dumbest Criminal! Hopefully, now this aspiring street racer will leave the racing to the big screen if he can manage to keep himself out of jail long enough to do so, that is. Thankfully, the motorist Proleika attempted to bait was a police officer and no one was injured or worse. Luckily, we can all walk away with a chuckle at this newest member of the World’s Dumbest Criminals.

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