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South Brunswick Twp Police Department
Thursday March 21st, 2019 :: 05:05 p.m. EDT


Man Convicted Of Eluding South Brunswick Police - Faces 20 Years in Jail

South Brunswick man found guilty by jury for eluding police following a motor vehicle stop
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka announced that a South Brunswick man was found guilty by a jury yesterday for second degree eluding after fleeing from police following a motor vehicle stop.
Alan Fratello age 47 was driving a 2016 gray Kia Sorrento all over Route 130 northbound on June 12, 2018. Several 911 phone callers reported his erratic driving when two plain clothes detectives, Sergeant Eric Tighelaar and Detective Monica Posteraro observed him. The detectives conduct a motor vehicle stop on Fratello’s vehicle. Fratello grabbed the sergeant’s tie and started to drive away, briefly pulling along the sergeant. The sergeant was able to break free and was not injured.
After a six day trial that began on March 7, 2019, Alan Fratello, 47, of South Brunswick was found guilty of eluding in the second degree. Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Deanna Himelson presented evidence and testimony showing that Fratello, after being stopped for erratic driving, grabbed the necktie of a police officer, and sped away in an attempt to flee the scene. South Brunswick officers Captain Ron Seaman, Sergeant Eric Tighelaar, Sergeant Mike Pellino, Sergeant Nathan Labuda, Detective Monica Posteraro, and Officer Bryan Garrison testified in the trial.
Fratello is facing an extended prison term of up to 20 years due to his prior criminal convictions when he is sentenced in New Brunswick on May 17, 2019, by Superior Court Judge Diane Pincus.
Chief Hayducka thanked Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and his office for obtaining the conviction. Chief Hayducka said, “This conviction sends a strong message about fleeing police. Mr. Fratello’s reckless conduct risked the lives of the detectives and the general public when he fled. The detectives were simply pulling over a possibly impaired driver when he decided to escalate the car stop into a near life and death situation.”  Chief Hayducka credited all the officers hard work in making sure this man doesn’t put other lives at risk anytime soon.

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South Brunswick Township, NJ 08852

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