Miami-Dade judge recognizes former middle school pal in heartbreaking reunion

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HIALEAH, Florida - A bond hearing at a Miami-Dade courtroom became the scene of an emotional reunion for two former middle school classmates who found themselves on either side of the law.

Arthur Booth, 49, faces burglary, grand theft, fleeing and resisting arrest charges after Hialeah police arrested him following a wild car chase Thursday.

Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, he shuffled uncomfortably while the Judge, Mindy Glazer spoke.  While he may not have recognized her at first, when Glazer asked him if he had attended Nautilus Middle School, he broke down after realizing his former classmate was the judge.

"Oh my goodness, oh my goodness," Booth sobbed, unable to look at her.

"I'm sorry to see you there, I always wondered what happened to you sir," Glazer said, as Booth wept, head buried in his hands. "This was the nicest kid in middle school, he was the best kid in middle school. I used to play football with him, all the kids, and look what has happened."

"I am so sorry to see you there. Mr. Booth, I hope you are able to change your ways, good luck to you," she said. "What's sad is how old we've become. Good luck to you, sir. I hope you are able to come out of this OK and just lead a lawful life."

Police arrested Booth after spotting him behind the wheel of a gold Honda Accord involved in a break-in, according to NBC Miami. When officers tried to stop him, he drove off, racing through several stop signs and getting into two crashes before finally stopping, according to police.