Two New Jersey state troopers are being investigated for allegedly escorting a caravan of blazing fast sports cars from the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City at speeds higher than 100 miles per hour. Reportedly, San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs was one of the guys driving the really fast cars.
If you'll recall, back in October, when the rest of the Giants were happy about leading the NFC East, Jacobs was happy about having a "fast-ass car" delivered to his home. Being into fast cars isn't illegal, of course, but driving them at insane speeds through busy motorways would be. A witness quoted in the Newark Star-Ledger called the incident "Death Race 2012" (it feels relevant to point out that no one died).
Here's a portion of the report dealing with Jacobs:
A source familiar with the outing told The Star-Ledger that Jacobs, who played seven seasons for the Giants before being released this year, was among those in the caravan that drove to Atlantic City. The source was not authorized to discuss the matter and requested anonymity.
Jacobs' agent, Justin Schulman, when asked to confirm that the NFL player was part of the luxury car blitz, said: "Brandon was part of a group that went down to Atlantic City on March 30."
Jacobs, who is known within pro football circles for his collection of flashy sports cars, told Rides Magazine in October that he often cruises with the Driving Force Club. The elite New York City-based group is "for all car fanatics with a spice of racing and adrenalin rush in their hearts," according to its website.
We're talking about public roads here, where family minivans and law-abiding motorists drive every day. The accusation is that 25-30 luxury sports cars were not only allowed to blaze through all that traffic at speeds in excess of 100 mph, but that they had their license plate numbers duct-taped over and were actually escorted by a couple of state troopers.
We're talking about the police basically sponsoring an activity that lets rich people put the public in serious danger. We're talking about the police saying, "Yes, it's OK for this Lamborghini owner to use your Aunt Martha's Pontiac Aztek as his own personal racing cone."
The investigation is ongoing, and it figures to focus more (and rightfully so) on the policemen than the speeders. It seems doubtful that any major trouble would come to Jacobs.
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