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Man charged with impersonating cop
Suspect had loaded gun, blue light in Volvo
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Richard Charles Sciorinto - photo by Submitted
A 48-year-old Forsyth County man is out on bond after he was arrested for impersonating a police officer.

Richard Charles Sciorinto of Carlton Drive also face charges of unlawful conduct during a 911 call and false statements. In addition, he was cited for open container and unlawful use of a blue light.

Sciorinto was released from the Forsyth County Dentention Center after posting $8,580 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

He was arrested Tuesday morning after the fast right-hand turn he made onto Hwy. 9 near Main Street in Cumming caught the attention of a Forsyth County Sheriff’s deputy.

The deputy also noticed a blue LED light on the dashboard of the blue Volvo, which the driver removed as he passed by. He followed the car, pulling it over in front of the library on Dahlonega Road.

Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Huggins said it’s hard to understand why someone would risk jail time by posing as a law enforcement officer and giving false information to authorities.

“In this situation, by his actions and statements, Mr. Sciorinto allegedly turned what would otherwise have been a routine traffic stop into a number of very serious charges,” Huggins said.

The deputy noted in his report that neither the sheriff’s office nor Cumming police use a Volvo for law enforcement.

Sciorinto told the deputy the light was an emergency light and that he was not a law enforcement officer. He also said he was dealing with a couple personal issues, including a death in the family.

As a result of that information, deputies were directed to an address Sciorinto provided.

Authorities did determine that Sciorinto had a valid permit for the loaded Sig Sauer P220 handgun he was carrying.

He also had two loaded magazines in a holster and two Surefire LED flashlights, often used by law enforcement.

The blue light that first caught the deputy’s attention was found in the back of the Volvo, along with one open and two unopened bottles of Heineken beer.

In the trunk, deputies found a stack of human-shaped targets, the kind often used by law enforcement for training.

Sciorinto also later admitted that he exaggerated the story about his family.

A Gwinnett County police official confirmed that Sciorinto did work for the agency in 1985.

Huggins said he did not know of any complaints that anyone has been stopped by someone impersonating an officer in Forsyth County.

“Fortunately, we have not had that type of thing happen here in recent years that I can recall,” Huggins said.