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Attorney General’s Office Investigates State Police Escorts of Sports Cars

4-23-12

By Desiree Taylor

The New Jersey Attorney General’s office is looking into complaints that a caravan of luxury sports cars traveling at high speeds was escorted by state police on the Garden State Parkway March 30. Among those in the caravan of Lamborghinis, Porsches and Ferraris heading to Atlantic City was reportedly former New York Giant Brandon Jacobs and other members of the Driving Force Club, a group that describes itself as “car fanatics with a spice of racing and adrenalin rush in their hearts.” The group also uses its sports cars for charity events. Jacobs’ agent told NJ Today the NFL star was involved in a group who went to Atlantic City, but he has no knowledge of any police escort and does not recall driving at or near 100 miles per hour.

Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa had little to say about the incident except that “we’ll obviously do a full review and investigation to find out who was involved and how it happened and to address it.” State police also want answers.

Questions about the alleged joy ride surfaced after two individuals filed complaints. According to NJ.com, Wayne Gantt, who dubbed the escort “Death Race 2012,” claimed many of the sports cars were weaving across all three lanes. This may not be the first time a high speed escort has taken place on the Parkway. An amateur video on NJ.com appears to show a similar incident in 2010.

The chair of the Law and Safety Committee, Assemblyman Charles Mainor, expressed concerns about the allegations but said he has confidence the Attorney General will do a thorough investigation. Mainor, who is also a Jersey City police detective, said police escorts are warranted for emergencies. The escorts are also used for fallen soldiers or other military.


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