Florida firefighter drunk when arrested for hit and run


Florida firefighter Justin Serrecchia, pictured, was involved in hit and run Wednesday night. Driving a Mustang, he hit a Lexus and refused to exchange his information with victim, who said he smelled of alcohol

Florida firefighter Justin Serrecchia, pictured, was involved in hit and run Wednesday night. Driving a Mustang, he hit a Lexus and refused to exchange his information with victim, who said he smelled of alcohol

A Florida firefighter allegedly tried to bite and ‘ruin’ the life of the state trooper who tried to arrest him on a hit-and-run charge.

Justin Serrecchia was driving a Ford Mustang at 7.50pm Wednesday when he hit a Lexus on a residential Orlando street, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Serrecchia, a firefighter in Brevard County, pulled over and spoke with the Lexus driver, who gave Serrecchia his license and insurance information. 

Deputies at the scene said both drivers could leave if they exchanged their information, but Serrecchia refused to do so, Click Orlando reported. 

The Lexus driver said the firefighter smelled like alcohol, spit his chewing gum at him and cursed at him while proclaiming that he was a soldier and a firefighter.

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The two arresting officers handcuffed Serrecchia and took him to the squad car

Serrecchia became belligerent towards the officers

When trooper came to Serrecchia’s home later that evening on suspicion he had conducted a hit and run, he became belligerent towards the female trooper. He said: ‘She’s just some girl. She’s useless.’ Trooper called for back-up, dashcam video shows him being taken to squad car

Serrecchia, pictured in his Brevard County firefighter uniform, tried to bite his arresting officers and proceeded to threaten one of them. He said: 'You have Facebook right? I will find you and I will f*****g ruin your life.' Troopers said he smelled of alcohol

Serrecchia, pictured in his Brevard County firefighter uniform, tried to bite his arresting officers and proceeded to threaten one of them. He said: ‘You have Facebook right? I will find you and I will f*****g ruin your life.’ Troopers said he smelled of alcohol

Authorities did not take any action over the allegations of drunken belligerence, the victim said.

Later that evening, a female trooper came to his home while he was sleeping, which was recorded by dashcam.

He can be heard telling his fiancee: ‘She’s just some girl. She’s useless.’

He adds: ‘Call a man here.’ 

The trooper says: ‘Listen, I’m here because you were involved in a hit and run,’ and, in the face of Serrecchia’s lack of cooperation, adds: ‘Stop, you’re not helping.’

She then called for back-up to help arrest Serrecchia.

The dashcam video shows the troopers bringing a handcuffed Serrecchia to the squad car, and a male voice can be heard saying: ‘Don’t try to bite me again.’

The male voice adds: ‘Try biting me again and I will knock your teeth out.’

Troopers said he tried biting them as they buckled him into the squad car.

Serrecchia, pictured left, will remain employed by Brevard County pending the investigation's results

Serrecchia, pictured left, will remain employed by Brevard County pending the investigation’s results

He is charged with leaving the scene of a crash and resisting an officer. Pictured: The trooper trying to speak with him at his home following the alleged hit and run. He was asleep when the officer arrived and the officer spoke with his fiancee

He is charged with leaving the scene of a crash and resisting an officer. Pictured: The trooper trying to speak with him at his home following the alleged hit and run. He was asleep when the officer arrived and the officer spoke with his fiancee

Serrecchia proceeded to hurl verbal abuse at and threaten the officers while en route to jail and also kicked the vehicle.

He said: ‘Do you understand you’re f*****g ruining my life? Do you understand that?

‘No, you don’t care but you know what? You have Facebook right? I will find you and I will f*****g ruin your life.’ 

The troopers also said he smelled of alcohol.

Serrecchia is charged with leaving the scene of a crash and resisting an officer.

He remains employed as a Brevard County firefighter pending the investigation. 

 



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