Much of the Tri-State area is abuzz this morning over reports that two New Jersey State Police troopers have been suspended without pay amid allegations that they provided a speeding caravan with an unauthorized police escort last month.
According to a story in the Sunday edition of The Star-Ledger -- which cited heavily from two complaints sent to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority -- on the afternoon of March 30, two State Police patrol cars with their lights activated escorted a group of high-end sports cars down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City.
The group -- which included Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Porsches with black tape covering their license plates -- was allegedly traveling in excess of 100 miles-per-hour.
One witness, who called the caravan "Death Race 2012," offered a rather vivid depiction of the scene in his email complaint.
"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."
Almost immediately after the story was published in the Sunday edition of The Star-Ledger, authorities launched the investigation that resulted in the suspension of the two troopers, as well as the reassignment of a station commander. They also determined that the caravan traveled down the Atlantic City Expressway and the New Jersey Turnpike.
"We will not tolerate any conduct by a member of the State Police that puts the public in jeopardy, as this unauthorized caravan had the potential to do," said Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa in a released statement.
As it turns out, these same authorities have now launched a second investigation following yet another breaking story by The Star-Ledger detailing a similar high-speed caravan that took place back in 2010. However, this time the story is accompanied by actual amateur video of the incident.
One of the more compelling aspects of this story is that an attorney for one of the two suspended troopers is claiming that Brandon Jacobs -- the former Giants star running back who signed with the 49ers over the off-season -- requested the police escort last month.
Jacob's agent has denied that his client knew anything about a police escort.
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The Star-Ledger, "Second N.J. trooper suspended amid high-speed caravan investigation," Christopher Baxter, April 24, 2012
The Star-Ledger, "N.J. state troopers face probe for 'Death Race 2012' down Parkway to AC," Christopher Baxter, April 22, 2012