Posted in: Commentary,
by Gregg Laskoski on Apr 27, 2012 09:00 AM
Two New Jersey state troopers were suspended this week for escorting a caravan of sports car enthusiasts, including former New York Giant's fullback, Brandon Jacobs, on a trip last month down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City. Weaving in and out of traffic, the caravan of 25 to 30 Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris, with the troopers' escort, reached speeds up to 110 miles per hour in the middle of the day on Friday, March 30. Witnesses said the luxury sports cars had their license plates covered with black tape.
You can't make this up. New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa is now investigating.
Witnesses said they weaved in and out of lanes with no fear of arrests. Their license plates were taped over and at least two State Police patrol cars escorted them with emergency lights flashing and sirens wailing, according to the Newark Star-Ledger and New York Post.
Wayne Gantt, an eyewitness who was on the Garden State Parkway at the same time State Police were extending special privileges to their friends, told the New Jersey Turnpike Authority: "I had the great pleasure today of nearly being killed by not one, but two Lamborghinis traveling in excess of 110 mph in a police-escorted caravan of approximately 30 exotic vehicles all traveling well over 100 mph." Other witnesses said the high speed caravan almost forced others off the road.
The group of car owners are allegedly members of an elite group of New York City based car enthusiasts who call themselves the the 'Driving Force Club' and promote themselves on Facebook. The AG's office is investigating whether State Police may have escorted similarly stupid and reckless trips by this group prior to this one. In the photo above, Mike Breen (left), of the Driving Force Club stands with Brandon Jacobs, (right) who is wearing a New Jersey State Police vest).
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Jacobs requested the escort from Nadir Nassry, one of the troopers who was suspended, whom he knew through various charity events.
Jacobs, as football fans know, was traded by the Super Bowl winning New York Giants to the San Francisco 49ers after the victory. That's why we contacted California Highway Patrol to see if they have any plans in place to provide high-speed escorts on the state's expressways for Jacobs and his friends if they want to drive like maniacs.
Jaimie Coffee, spokesperson for CHP, assures us that's not going to happen. "We don't condone that," she said. "We would not be involved. Our mission is public safety first and it's something we take very seriously."