The facts are still coming in, but what is known is that on March 30 an armada of exotics, said to number from 25 to 30, was escorted by two New Jersey state troopers with their lights flashing down the Garden State Parkway at triple-digit speeds to Atlantic City. On top of that, all of the civilian cars had their license plates taped over. Among the drivers was supercar fan and NFL player Brandon Jacobs, recently of the New York Giants but now with the San Francisco Forty-Niners. According to NJ.com, Jacobs "told Rides Magazine in October that he often cruises with the Driving Force Club," a car club out of New York, but it isn't clear that this was a club outing.

One more established fact: someone has a lot of splainin' to do. Authorities began receiving complaints that very day, with one beginning, "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'...". Others wrote in to say that the cars were weaving across all three lanes and that an elderly driver was so shocked she almost ran off the road. One motorist even labeled it "Death Race 2012."

An NBC New York report indicates that Jacobs called a sergeant in the NJ force that he's friends with and requested the escort. That sergeant and another officer have been put on leave without pay, the station commander has been transferred while his role is investigated. And speaking of investigations, they're coming from everywhere, with even the state Attorney General looking into the matter. At least everyone involved can use history as a guide: police did the same thing on the same road with a different supercar group two years ago. Check out an NJ Today video on the story by scrolling below.


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      themeat424
      • 2 Years Ago
      To serve and protect... the rich, famous, and politically powerful, the rest of us can keep looking out for those speed traps, and any other way those above the law can get us for petty things. It's funny how most of us ( yes I'll make that presumption) will usually view cops as a group out to ruin our day, when more often they should be giving us a sense of security and a helping hand... ah but that's the world we live in.
      Rob Ascough
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd love to see this as the basis for some kind of reform when it comes to what cops are and aren't allowed to do. There was an editorial about cops being above the law in a recent issue of Car & Driver and I suggest everyone read it. There is no excuse why driving behavior that would normally get someone ticketed is perfectly okay for those paid to uphold the law. Nothing irks me more than some a-hole cop coming up behind me and riding my bumper despite having no immediate option to move over to the next lane.
        graphikzking
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob Ascough
        brake check... Doesn't go over well with cops though. I did it once. Not a fun next 45 minutes. Once the watch commander showed up and I politely asked him to review dash-cam they handed me back my concealed carry firearm and sent me on my way. Honestly we never know if they are just trying to catch up to someone who was driving like an a-hole and someone called in to complain. If they are doing that trying to catch them in the act and don't want to put their lights on, I understand.. but I know that most of the time they are just driving like aholes.
      Typhon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meanwhile the other taxpaying citizens get ticketed for doing 46 in a 45 zone.. Sounds like everyone involved should be made an example of.
      RodRAEG
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Car fanatics with a spice of racing." If that really was the case, then they would race on a track. There is no good excuse for this kind of behavior on busy public roads.
      jtav2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      Moron cops. How would they think that no one was going to report this? It's a shame you have cops like this that give them all a bad name. Cue all the comments from the police haters who will lump ALL cops into this category.
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      After living in NJ I can tell you that state is the epitome of government waste and entitled public servants. I was shocked to learn that almost 30 percent of cops in the town I lived in made over 100k a year, base pay! And for what, rescuing someones dog from their locked BMW? To sit in front of a construction zone reading? Do give me any bs about how dangerous that job is.....certainly not in the posh suburbs of Bergen county.
      dsberkoff
      • 2 Years Ago
      It will be interesting to see how Christie handles this.
        action3500
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dsberkoff
        He's on his way to police station (being escorted by police cars going in excess of 100MPH) to talk to station chief personally.
        Josh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dsberkoff
        Ha, he isn't.
          789dm
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Josh
          He just use the police helicopter to drop his son for the baseball game, that's all. And to his defense the helicopter was in training and they gonna log it that way.
      Donny Hoover
      • 2 Years Ago
      "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'". So you went driving in New Jersey, the drivers were idiots, and you almost got killed? Sounds like an every day occurance in New Jersey to me. Well, other than there being a police escort and the cars being exotics.
        D-Ro-Man
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Donny Hoover
        So true, I moved out of that state over a year ago. I could not take it anymore. Between paying insane property taxes and the most overpriced tolls in the country for what? To drive on those roads? If the cell phone texting, making applying, or wannabe "Fast and Furious" drivers don't kill you, the police driving will. I used to have to drive the Parkway to work daily and a few unmarked troopers would play this game where they would flip the license plate down (on the 90's Caprice) and drive like maniacs on the shoulders passing people or just running them off the road. 10 mins later you would see them on the median next to a marked cruiser hanging out. They act like they are untouchable, mostly cause they get away with it. Thankfully I can now drive and ride my motorcycle for one without thinking the odds are against me. Or paying tolls, oh and insane taxes.
          D-Ro-Man
          • 2 Years Ago
          @D-Ro-Man
          Opps, meant to say "makeup applying"
      dmal427
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny things is I remember my dad telling me about an Ohio politician getting high speed escorts from the capitol in Columbus down Route 23 to Portsmouth at 80-100mph on a 55mph road. Might have been Vern Riffe?
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the NJ State Police is an escort service. That's news?
      marshknute
      • 2 Years Ago
      Everyone who criticizes the cops or supercar owners needs to shut the **** up. I garuntee that EVERYONE on this site has driven well in excess of the speed limit at some time in their lives. How many of you had a police escort to warn other motorists of your speed? How many of you had a friend drive ahead and radio back any dangers? The simple fact of the matter is this: no one buys a sports car (whether it be my 1995 Miata or my uncle's Porsche GT3) with the intention of driving the speed limit. While we don't do it at all times, every one of us has done exactly what the individuals in this clip did. We are even more at fault since we didn't have emergency services at the ready; we simply put other motorists at risk so we could get our laughs. As for the people complaining that "the rich shouldn't be entitled to misbehave even if they can afford it:" grow the **** up and take a visit to the real world. I'm a sophomore in college with less than $1000 to my name and I know damn well that rich people are more important than I am. Rich people fund the newest technologies which ultimately become affordable for everyone else. Without them and their money, we wouldn't have the automobile for God's sake. Today's mid-range sports cars are as fast as the top-end supercars from 30 years ago. That same trend will be true 30 years from now, all thanks to the wealthy elite who funded today's technological achievements by buying a new Ferrari. It seems only appropriate that they get a chance to enjoy supercar performance 30 years before the rest of us do. And since they are enjoying their cars under the safety of a police escort, their actions are the lesser evil in comparison to you and me trying it ourselves. If anyone cares to respond to this comment, ask yourself this: "have you ever excessively exceeded the speed limit?". If you answer yes, don't bother to argue, b/c you are just as bad as those cops or wealthy elite. If you answered no, then why are you even on autoblog?
        jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marshknute
        Really a$$hole, everyone in here has had a state police escort to drive in excess of 100 while taping up our license plates? Whatever you f?cking idiot.
          Wertjes
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jake
          If they had their plates taped its just proof they were going to be doing the same thing anyways. The officers did the correct thing in the situation, they made it safer for the other people on the road
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marshknute
        [blocked]
          WillieD
          • 2 Years Ago
          Well, we can't survive without them...and they can't survive without us. Unless you want to completely change how everything works and become a completely socialist or communist state.
        Christophla
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marshknute
        This isn't about speeding.. it's about speeding with a POLICE ESCORT. You're an ass...
        ikazuchi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @marshknute
        The Smoking Tire and I agree with you. http://www.thesmokingtire.com/2012/its-not-a-death-race-if-no-one-dies/ Complain all you want trolls, you're just jealous.
      Morgan Reale
      • 2 Years Ago
      who cares -- seems like jealous people complaining -
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Morgan Reale
        [blocked]
        jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Morgan Reale
        Ya, were jealous. Dumbass ****.
        Christophla
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Morgan Reale
        Seriously, where do you fools keep coming from? I own two Ferrari's and think this act was idiotic. My guess is your trashy ass is the one that is jealous.
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