The New York Post reports today that ex-Giant running back Jacob Jacobs and some of his friends were recently escorted by New Jersey State Troopers (with emergency lights flashing) along the Garden State Parkway at recklessly high speeds.
A caravan of 30+ Porches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris, all with tape covering up their license plates, headed towards Atlantic City at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Motorists along the way were “terrorized” with some filing complaints with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
In New Jersey, under New Jersey Statute 39:4-96, this is a serious offense punishable with a fine and up to 60 days in jail. Likewise, in New York reckless driving is a serious charge (it is a criminal offense that carries possible jail time, 5 points and a hefty fine).
I doubt that anyone will be sentenced to jail for the high-speed caravan. In fact, it will be very difficult to prosecute a reckless driving charge because the People will have to prove the identities of each drivers, something difficult to do after-the-fact. I do expect the State Troopers who escorted the caravan to be punished, however.
Update: New Jersey’s Attorney General suspended the two state troopers without pay, one of them a 25-year veteran. A lawyer for one of the Troopers claims that they are treated as scapegoats and that escorts are routinely given.