SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Alan Fratello, a South Brunswick resident, has been sentenced to 11 years in New Jersey State Prison and will not be eligible for parole for five years. Fratello was found guilty by a jury on March 21, 2019, of eluding in the second degree after fleeing from the police.
A six-day trial took place against Fratello and was prosecuted by Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Keith Abrams and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Deanna Himelson.
On June 12, 2018, Fratello was stopped by South Brunswick police officers for erratic driving. He then grabbed the necktie of Sergeant Eric Tighelaar and proceeded to drive across the median. He fled the scene and gave himself into the South Brunswick Police the next day.
“This was not the first time this suspect decided to endanger the public by fleeing police. His actions endangered the life of Sergeant Eric Tighelaar and countless motorists. This entire incident was escalated by the suspect and could have ended tragically” said South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka in a released statement “ The 11-year prison sentence sends a clear message that people who put the public at risk will face serious consequences”