MIAMI (AP) — Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph (190 kph). Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took Watts more than seven minutes to stop the speeder.

She approached the car warily, with gun drawn, according to video from her cruiser's dashboard camera. "Put your hands out of the window! Right now!" she yelled.

The driver was Miami Police Department officer Fausto Lopez, in full uniform. Watts holstered her gun but still handcuffed him and took his weapon.

"I apologize," Lopez said, explaining that he was late for an off-duty job.

That confrontation in 2011 eventually got Lopez fired. But Watts' actions didn't sit well with many in law enforcement.

Not long after she made that traffic stop, she says, the harassment began. Random telephone calls on her cell phone. Some were threats and some were prank calls, including orders for pizza. Unfamiliar vehicles and police cars sat idling in her cul-de-sac. She was afraid to open her mailbox.

Watts suspected her private driver's license information was being accessed by fellow officers, so she made a public records request. She was right: over a three-month period, at least 88 law enforcement officers from 25 different agencies accessed Watts' driver's license information, according to her lawyer.

Watts is suing those police agencies and the individual officers under the national Driver Privacy Protection Act, a 1994 law that provides for a penalty of $2,500 for each violation if the information was improperly accessed. Watts' attorney, Mirta Desir, said it's clear most of the officers had no legitimate reason to look up her data. If all the searches were found illegal, Watts could receive more than $500,000.

According to court documents, most of the individual officers named in Watts' lawsuit did face some disciplinary action, usually a written reprimand.

Lawyers for the agencies have asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit, claiming that under the U.S. Constitution, Congress cannot hold police officers liable for merely obtaining the information, but only if they try to sell it. The U.S. Justice Department insists that numerous courts have held that Congress can regulate such activity even if the items involved aren't being sold.

Some officers claim they had legitimate reasons.

For example, a lawyer for fellow state Trooper Andrew Cobb said in court papers that he accessed Watts' information after "hearing rumors that other troopers were threatening" her and that he acted "out of concern for a fellow trooper."

A judge is expected to rule on motions to dismiss the case in coming weeks, which will determine whether the lawsuit continues. Desir said Watts, who had been assigned to road patrol, has relocated and is no longer driving a cruiser, although she still works for the Highway Patrol. Through Desir, Watts declined to be interviewed.

"She's doing OK," Desir said.