Councilman Speaks out After Police Body Cam Shows Him Ignore Officer’s Orders

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SUGAR NOTCH, Pa. -- Sugar Notch police say body cam video shows Councilman Mario Fiorucci ignoring an officer's orders and entering his home earlier this month.

Newswatch 16 spoke to the borough councilman outside his home on Main Street. He says that video doesn't tell the whole story.

“I got out, and I noticed a police cruiser next to me, and I had no idea what they were doing there, and he was looking down so I thought he had an emergency call and hit the breaks and I had to go to the bathroom really badly because I have a condition,” said Fiorucci.

Sugar Notch police say Fiorucci was traveling too closely to a vehicle so they stopped him. When asked to stay in his vehicle, he ignored that order and went directly into his house.

“There are times when somebody will retrieve a weapon or go inside where they have a warrant or friends inside that you need to look for when it comes to going inside their residence,“ said Sugar Notch Police Chief Jeremy Talenca.

Officers tell Newswatch 16 they waited for more than a half hour for the councilman to come out.

He did not.

Eventually, charges of fleeing and eluding as well as escape were filed.

This isn't the first time Fiorucci has had a run-in with the law. Last year, he was charged with harassment, but the charges were eventually dismissed.

Councilman Fiorucci believes he is being targeted.

“I can’t see it any other way because when I am in the middle of three cars and I am the only one picked out.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month.


  • Wayne S (@Wayneskook)

    PA law is different than most places. The only place in the united states that has 6,000 government entities that includes City councils, school boards, township directors boards and borough councils. This it turns PA in to a cycle of high school sports favoritism environment, lets electing our local buddies from the bar room and this causes look the other way schemes. Too much dang government in this odd state. Then you got those regional development scams. Let bring it junk jobs and trash from jersey. good bye Pennsylvania Wayne is moving out of dodge!

  • J (@ds18301)

    In case you are still struggling with the meaning of the term of “white privilege”, here it is folks, as clear as day. If this had been ANY bl@ck person this story most likely would have a very different ending. The cops no way, no how, would have politely sat outside “waiting”….. Worse: “Lblisters” (and his ilk) would be self-righteously declaring how it was 100% the kid’s fault for not following the cops instructions…

    • lickerblisters

      “Kid’s fault?” What the hell story were you reading? You’re spewing such rampid hatred towards the white man that you splintered your thought process. Deep breaths.

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