Elite Sports Car Club Linked To Parkway Race; Troopers Suspended
Gov. Chris Christie says the alleged New Jersey trooper escort of a caravan of high-performance cars down the Garden State Parkway at reported speeds up to 100 mph was a “dumb thing to do” as one of the troopers allegedly involved has been suspended.
Witnesses complained to the Turnpike Authority. They say speeding Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other cars weaved in and out of traffic escorted by two state police cars with flashing lights March 30.
One of the troopers allegedly providing the escort, Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry, has been suspended reports the Star Ledger. Nassry, an assistant station commander at the State Police’s Totowa substation was told today as the incident went public. Nassry’s lawyer says the suspension is a reaction to “media coverage as opposed to facts.”
State police and the attorney general are investigating.
Meanwhile, the Star Ledger reports Facebook photo has surfaced of former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, wearing a New Jersey State Police jacket, with the founder of the Driving Force Club, an elite New York City group of luxury sports car enthusiasts.
“Big thanks to Brandon Jacobs for a ‘very fun’ run this morning,” wrote Michael Breen, a founding member of the club. “Good luck to everyone in AC tonight, and remember…Always bet on black!!!”
The photo was posted the same day State Police received numerous complaints about high-end sports cars racing south on the Garden State Parkway at speeds of nearly 100MP, their license plates taped over.
Reached by telephone today by the Star-Ledger, Breen initially denied knowing anything about the escort to Atlantic City, saying he had “no comment.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about exactly,” he said.
Pressed about the photo on his Facebook page, and asked directly about who negotiated the escort, he said it was “anonymous.”
The Star-Ledger was first to report the incident. It cited an unidentified source as saying former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was part of the caravan. An agent for Jacobs, now a San Francisco 49er, told the newspaper only that the player was part of a group that went to Atlantic City March 30.