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Pa. man caught using emergency light to beat traffic

He claimed he was a former firefighter and EMT; officers found the light, a pellet gun, a fake U.S. Marshal badge and handcuffs in his truck

Pocono Record

SCOTRUN, Pa. — A Scotrun man faces charges after using a flashing red light normally reserved for firefighters and EMTs to get around traffic.

Samuel A. Verducci, 56, was caught on June 26 after a Pocono Township police officer saw him use the red "bubble" light to get a motorist to let him pass on Sullivan Trail.

Police pulled over Verducci's Chevrolet pickup around 9:30 p.m. He claimed that he had the light because he was a firefighter and ambulance driver a few years ago. But the officer found records that showed Verducci had only acquired the truck in May.

When the officer searched Verducci's car, he found the red flashing light, a pellet gun, a fake U.S. Marshal badge and handcuffs.

Verducci admitted that he wanted to use the "police image" to pick up women, but denied that he pulled over any vehicles using the red light.

He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of impersonating a public servant. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 19.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service
©2014 the Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, Pa.

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Calvin Wade Garrett Calvin Wade Garrett Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:03:39 AM What a idiot
Wes Dixon Wes Dixon Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:05:04 AM These are the people that make it so us people who REALLY need them can't use them....
Jay T. Reid Jay T. Reid Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:17:40 AM This guy should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This type of thing makes all of us law-abiding, REAL first responders look very bad in the eyes of the public, and when we do respond, are ignored.
Alan Yates Alan Yates Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:12:23 AM Want to really fry him. Let his auto insurer know what he's doing. His car insurance will go up to the umpteenth power.
Chuck Shivery Chuck Shivery Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:01:15 PM What an idiot. If you want women to be interested, just tell them that you're a firefighter.
James Pearson James Pearson Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:32:22 PM Wanna be, making himself look foolish.
Ron Hinkley Ron Hinkley Thursday, July 24, 2014 3:37:24 PM Dumb ass
Justin Klingerman Justin Klingerman Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:14:56 PM an*. Watch yourself before you insult. :)
Dan Phillips Dan Phillips Friday, July 25, 2014 12:45:16 AM Considering PA volunteers only get Blue lights and only a CHIEF can get Red lights then I would say his story sounds faulty at best. I think central PA police were looking for a guy meeting this description a few months ago... forwarding this tip along.
Dominick Walenczak Dominick Walenczak Friday, July 25, 2014 3:17:42 AM I won't lie... I may have misread the town name the first time through.
George Yaworski George Yaworski Friday, July 25, 2014 6:01:55 AM Are volunteers not to be using GREEN lights to get to the fire hall/ambulance base?
Andrew Kahananui Andrew Kahananui Friday, July 25, 2014 12:18:38 PM Idiot.
Danny Lee Danny Lee Friday, July 25, 2014 12:50:05 PM me too !
Jesse Bell Jesse Bell Friday, July 25, 2014 3:07:11 PM That always works for me.
Kyle Conkright Kyle Conkright Friday, July 25, 2014 4:27:00 PM What a moron, he gives us real public servants a bad image! If enough people see guys like this "wanna be" doing crazy BS like this they are going to stop helping us out by moving over when we are all HONESTLY trying to get to an emergency!!!
John Powers John Powers Friday, July 25, 2014 6:59:07 PM Sigh. It's depressing when I think of how many former co-workers did various parts of that story...
Brenda Bartenope Brenda Bartenope Friday, July 25, 2014 9:25:34 PM This man should be prosecuted, this is a scary situation this might be the man they were looking for that was trying to pull women over and harm them
Peter Brandão Jr. Peter Brandão Jr. Sunday, July 27, 2014 8:50:31 AM and that is why they make blockbuster movies about it.....
Stephen Nordmark Stephen Nordmark Sunday, July 27, 2014 1:38:33 PM Fuckin wacker

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