Obstructing A Police Officer

The Miami New Times reports that Díaz de la Portilla was charged with obstructing a police officer during a traffic stop, though this particular claim could not be verified.

Problem: In 1987, Díaz de la Portilla was charged with obstructing a police officer during a traffic stop.
Miami New Times, 11/10/05

Díaz de la Portilla admitted to threatening his girlfriend and obstructing a police officer, but passed it off as “youthful indiscretions” because he “had a big mouth.”

Fact: Florida records show Diaz de la Portilla, 30, has received more than 20 traffic tickets since 1982 and has had his license suspended several times -- the most recent was last fall. Diaz de la Portilla said he was often traveling for his family's mattress business and forgot to go to court.

Diaz de la Portilla was arrested several times in the 1980s. Charges included allegedly threatening his girlfriend in 1983 and obstructing a police officer after a traffic stop in 1987.

"Youthful indiscretions," Diaz de la Portilla said. "I was just a kid. I had a big mouth." He has not served time for any of the charges; and was acquitted of threatening the policeman.

Miami Herald, 9/4/94