Trooper Escort Race May Have Been 2 Days

State police say they will look into a new claim from a witness

By Brian Thompson
|  Thursday, Apr 26, 2012  |  Updated 6:26 AM EDT
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New Jersey State Police tell NBC New York that authorities will investigate an accusation that a high-speed escort of exotic cars down the state's toll roads last month may have been repeated the next day. Brian Thompson reports.

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New Jersey State Police tell NBC New York that authorities will investigate an accusation that a high-speed escort of exotic cars down the state's toll roads last month may have been repeated the next day. Brian Thompson reports.

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New Jersey State Police tell NBC New York that authorities will investigate an accusation that a high-speed escort of exotic cars down the state's toll roads last month may have been repeated the next day.

Wayne, N.J., resident Lou Giliberti told NBC New York that he was standing in a friend's driveway on Valley Road in Wayne when he saw the caravan of Lamborghinis and Porches and other high-end cars come off the Hamburg Turnpike going "very fast" with a police car in front.

"I thought that because they had the escort they could do what they want," Gilbert said.

Gilbert saw the caravan on March 31, the day after the race that has already attracted the attention of authorities and resulted in the suspension of Sgt. Nadir Nassry and another trooper.

Gilbert said it appeared the cars were returning to Brandon Jacob's house nearby.

Nassry's attorney, Charles Sciarra, said his client arranged the escort to Atlantic City after being contacted by Jacobs, the two-time Super Bowl winner and now former running back for the New York Giants. Sciarra said they have been longtime friends.

But Wednesday is the first time it has been suggested that there was a second escort for the return trip home, and a state police spokesman said the accusation will be turned over to Internal Affairs.

Also on Wednesday, Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa and State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes met with commanders from across the state.

While the meeting had been long planned, Chiesa said he took the opportunity to tell the police brass that "we need to make sure the people in the state police understand this kind of event can't happen."

Fuentes said it appeared last month's escort, and now the next day's alleged return escort, may not have been authorized.

"We can't have actions taken by the State Police that put the public safety at risk," Fuentes said.

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