On a football field, “get the hell out of my way” is a pretty useful attitude. On the Garden State Parkway, not so much.
Two New Jersey state troopers were suspended Monday after complaints about what one witness called “Death Race 2012,” a cavavan of luxury cars that sped down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City, weaving in and out of traffic at speeds of up to 110-mph — with a trooper escort — last month.
One of the participants the drive, according to the Star-Ledger, was Brandon Jacobs, the running back who was released by the New York Giants and signed with the San Francisco 49ers two days before the road trip. Jacobs’s agent, Justin Schulman confirmed that “Brandon was part of a group that went down to Atlantic City on March 30” but did not say whether he was in the caravan.
Michael Breen, a founder of the Driving Force Club a group of sports car collectors, boasted recently on Facebook about a run last month with Jacobs, a luxury sports car enthusiast, and posted a photo in which Jacobs is wearing a New Jersey State Police vest.
On March 30, witnesses said that two patrol cars with lights flashing accompanied dozens of Porsches, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and other cars with their license plates covered by tape, according to the Star-Ledger.
“I had the great pleasure today of nearly being killed by, not one, but two, Lamborghinis traveling in excess of 110 mph in a [New Jersey State Police] escorted ‘caravan’ of approximately 30 exotic vehicles all traveling well over 100 mph,” Wayne Gantt told the New Jersey Turnpike Authority in an email.
The state’s attorney general suspended Sgt. First Class Nadir Nassry, who has been with the state police for 25 years, and Trooper Joseph Ventrella, a six-year veteran, without pay.
“These charitable organizations routinely ask and receive escorts from the State Police to and from the various charitable functions they attend with their exotic vehicles,” Charles Sciarra, an attorney for Nassry, said in a statement. “This practice has been in effect for years. With this particular escort, the allegations of recklessness and speeds in the triple digits will not bear out.
“We hope that the powers that be will take a breath, exhale and engage in a fair investigative process with which we will continue to cooperate.”
(Video courtesy of NJ Today.)
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