NJ Lawmakers Plan Hearing on High-Speed Caravan

State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes will likely be asked about the state police policy on escorting drivers

Thursday, May 10, 2012  |  Updated 6:58 AM EDT
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New Jersey lawmakers want the leader of the state police to explain how troopers provided an escort for a caravan of sports cars that zipped down the Garden State Parkway in March at speeds over 100 mph.

John Wisniewski, the chairman of the Assembly's transportation committee, sent a letter Wednesday to State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes asking him to appear at the hearing scheduled for Monday.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

Fuentes will likely be asked about the state police policy on escorting drivers. A Fuentes spokesman has said it could be proper for troopers to escort a caravan of luxury calls — but that all the drivers involved would have to follow the law.

The cars in question were spotted travelling along the Garden State Parkway toward Atlantic City on March 30. Witnesses said they were moving at speeds above 100 mph and weaving through traffic.

Two troopers have been suspended without pay and 10 commanders have been transferred while the state conducts an investigation that was ordered by state Attorney General Jeff Chiesa.

A second incident, in 2010, is also being investigated.

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