New Jersey's attorney general and state police are
investigating allegations that members of the department used police
vehicles to escort more than two dozen exotic cars down the Garden State
Parkway to Atlantic City last month.
The complaints, leveled by
private citizens and relatives of former state police officers, allege
that a group of luxury cars, including Porsches and Ferraris with
taped-up license plates, raced down the parkway with two police escorts
-- which had flashing emergency lights on -- leading and trailing the
NBC New York has learned
that the 47-year-old sergeant involved has been suspended without pay
for his alleged role in the race. His lawyer says his client, who has
been a trooper for 25 years, is cooperating with the investigation and
didn't do anything seriously wrong.
Another 28-year-old trooper
has been suspended without pay, and the Totowa station commander has
been transferred "until any potential involvement on his part has been
determined," said the attorney general's office.
Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that the race was "a dumb thing to do," and said the one consolation is that no one got hurt.
In complaints obtained by The Star-Ledger, witnesses say they observed cars going more than an estimated 100 mph, following the lead police car.
"I noticed that many cars
were struggling to get out of their way safely," wrote John Kennedy of
Madison, whose complaint, along with that of another witness, was sent
to the Turnpike Authority on March 30 and April 1.
The sergeant's lawyer,
Charles Sciarra, said the race was done at the request of Giants star
Brandon Jacobs, who has known the sergeant for years and was among those
driving in the caravan. Jacobs' agent confirmed that Jacobs was part
of a ride to Atlantic City.
A state police source told
NBC New York that the drive was not authorized by anyone other than the
sergeant involved, who was in the lead car.
The source said complaints
have come from both the family of a retired trooper and the family of
an active trooper, who said regular motorists were put in danger during
A video of reportedly similar activity in 2010 was obtained by nj.com, and police say they are investigating that race as well.
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