Highspeed escort of footballer's fancy cars on wild drive down GSP causes stir
2012-04-24: The New Jersey Turnpike Authority got complaints from regular motorists early this month after a collection of fancy sports cars - Porches, Lamborghinis etc - driven by rich New York boys were escorted by state police on a wild ride down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City March 30. There are also reports that once in the streets of AC the cops blocked off intersections for them.
The Star Ledger newspaper which first reported the affair says some tollroad patrons complained about the aggressive driving and high speeds of the cars involved. There is talk of the cars doing 100mph+ while being provided with the "police escort."
A You Tube of the affair suggests some of these reports are exaggerated. It shows the sports cars certainly driving a bit faster than the general flow of traffic but as getting stuck behind other cars, sitting behind them for a while, then weaving around and zipping past them.
It doesn't really show much of a caravan or a convoy either.
Maybe on the more open southern sections they got their pedals flat to the floor?
The video certainly shows police cars present. (UPDATE: an informant tells us this is in fact a YouTube of an earlier wild ride, not this year's - editor)
Governor Chris Christie was in fine form at a press conference today saying "when I heard about it I just shook my head." It was "very dumb"and "it shouldn't have happened" but "at least thankfully no one got hurt."
"People make mistakes" and "will be held accountable."
He would let law enforcement take its course via the state attorney general in whom he had confidence.
Hadn't it happened before?
"A lot of people continue to act dumb until they get caught, and then they are really sorry. Isn't that the way it always goes?"
Plus: "Let me assure you it's not the last dumb thing we'll see happen."
Two cops suspended
The AP reports two NJ state troopers were suspended Monday in connection with the incident.
A State Police Troop D is assigned to police work on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.
By one account this was part of a "Farewell" party for a New York Giants footballer Brandon Jacobs before he goes west to join the San Francisco 49ers. Jacobs is known as a collector of fancy cars and as a member of a Driving Force Club of fast car enthusiasts.
There are also reports that the wild drivers and their police escort had their license plates taped over with black plastic so they could evade the cameras at Parkway open road toll gantries.
Now that IS serious.