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Death Race 2012 – What Price to Pay? [POLL]

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Perhaps if State Senator Nelson Albano had been wearing a number 27 Giants jersey in a luxury sports car, and said he was speeding off to AC to catch a show and play some table games, he might have caught a break from the State Trooper who’d given him a ticket back in February when he was caught speeding on the way to the Governor’s Budget Address.

Because according to this report, the State Police are investigating complaints that two troopers escorted a caravan of luxury sports cars at speeds in excess of 100 mph down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City last month.

The occupants included former Giants running back and sports car enthusiast Brandon Jacobs, according to a source with knowledge of the trip.

Witness said that on March 30, they saw two State Police patrol cars with their emergency lights flashing driving in front of and behind the southbound caravan, which included dozens of Porsches, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and other vehicles, all with their license plates covered with tape.

One witness, Wayne Gantt, dubbed the escort “Death Race 2012.”

“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,” Gantt wrote in an e-mail complaint to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which oversees the Parkway.

He added that many of the sports cars were weaving across all three lanes.

“The senior official (trooper) who authorized this ‘joyride,’ and the road troopers who participated in the escort, should be immediately fired for their total lack of consideration for the public’s safety,” Gantt wrote. “The state is very lucky no one was killed today.”

Nick Laham/Getty Images
Nick Laham/Getty Images

Another witness to the police escort reported to the State Patrol that the caravan had, in his view, been so reckless, that they almost forced an older woman off the road entirely.

Jacobs’ agent affirmed that his client was in Atlantic City on March 30th.

It’s at though history repeats itself.

Imagine, the scenario is the Garden State Parkway.

The date is sometime in April, 2007.

A police escort carrying high ranking State Official traveling at a high rate of speed is supposedly cut off by a wayward driver, causing the vehicle of said State Official to careen off a guardrail, causing massive injury to said Official.

The high ranking State Official, by the way, was not wearing a seatbelt, and was on the way to meet a high profile radio personality at the Governor’s mansion in Princeton.

Ring a bell?

The trooper, Robert Rasinski, according to this report , served three days out of a recommended five-day suspension, according to State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes.

He said that Rasinski’s conduct violated regulations, adding that the trooper “did not possess the appropriate level of situational awareness in the moments leading up to the accident.”

So, here we are, five years later, and one wonders, what of these troopers?

What say you, the Rossi Posse:


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