Arrested by Florida Highway Patrol troopers in March after they say he left the scene of an accident and then tried to bite an officer, a Brevard County firefighter is sleeping a bit easier after the prosecution dropped the charges Wednesday.
Firefighter Justin Serrecchia’s attorney, Alfredo Zamora, told News 6 he argued in court that Serrecchia, 35, did not leave the scene of an accident. He argued that Orange County sheriff’s deputies allowed him to leave the scene of the crash in which he was involved.
Zamora argued, Serrecchia’s arrest should have never happened. He told News 6 prosecutors agreed, and they dropped the charges.
Serrecchia tells News 6 he is relieved the charges are gone, but FHP troopers contend the way he treated police needs to be addressed.
“FHP is very disappointed that the charges in this case have been dropped,” FHP spokeswoman Kim Montes tells News 6. “Troopers put their lives on the line every day. For another first responder to put these troopers at risk is disappointing. At minimum, this firefighter owes these troopers an apology for the way he treated them.”
Serrecchia’s attorney said he is the reason why the fireman hasn’t apologized saying he didn’t want the apology to influence the case.
Zamora tells News 6 he anticipates Serrecchia reaching out to the trooper to apologize.
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