By Carl Hessler Jr.
NORRISTOWN – An Upper Providence man showed no emotion as he admitted to assaulting another driver during what prosecutors characterized as a “road rage” incident in Royersford.
Luigi C. Sacchetti Jr., 22, of the 100 block of Ramsgate Drive, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Monday to misdemeanor charges of simple assault and criminal mischief in connection with the November 2011 incident along Lewis Road in Royersford. Judge William R. Carpenter deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigative report about Sacchetti.
The open plea means there are no deals between Sacchetti and prosecutors regarding his potential sentence. Sacchetti, who is represented by defense lawyers Frank Genovese and Martin P. Mullaney, faces a possible maximum sentence of 1 ½ -to-3 years in state prison on the charges but state sentencing guidelines would allow for a lesser sentence.
“This is a case of road rage in the sense that he got out of his car, reacting to other people honking at him, and assaulted another driver,” alleged Assistant District Attorney Jordan Friter. “The commonwealth won’t tolerate that kind of behavior on our roadways.”
An investigation of Sacchetti began about 12:20 p.m. Nov. 29, 2011, when Royersford police were dispatched to the intersection of Lewis Road and Walnut Street near Sacred Heart Church for a report of a disturbance. According to Royersford police, the incident began as the victim, Lauren Drago, was stopped at a red light at westbound Walnut Street and Lewis Road, near Sacred Heart Church.
Three cars were stopped in front of Drago, and after the light turned green, two cars moved forward into the intersection while the third vehicle directly in front of Drago’s remained stopped, police said. When Drago sounded her horn, the driver of the car, identified as Sacchetti, then 21, got out of his vehicle and approached the driver’s side of Drago’s vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Royersford Police Officer Mark Smythe.
Drago told police Sacchetti yelled obscenities at her and she attempted to drive away, but Sacchetti punched the door of her car, continuing to yell vulgar statements, according to the criminal complaint.
“Sacchetti then punched Lauren in the chest and face through the window as she sat in her vehicle,” Smythe alleged, adding police spoke with three witnesses who corroborated the victim’s account of the incident.
Police also viewed a video of the incident, which was recorded by a witness using a cell phone.
Other charges of harassment, recklessly endangering another person, making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct are slated to be dismissed against Sacchetti, in exchange for his plea to the assault charge, at time of sentencing, court papers indicate.
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