A New Jersey state trooper has been accused of covering up an alleged habit of pulling over women to ask them on dates.
The New Jersey Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that Marquice Prather, 37, had been arrested Friday Dec. 9 and suspended from his job.
The Linden man has been accused of tampering with or falsifying records to cover up the fact he was stopping female drivers in order to ask them on dates or ask for their phone numbers.
Several women between 20 and 30 years old told authorities that Prather pulled them over to ask them to go on dates or give them his phone number.
Prather also allegedly turned off his microphone during the pick-ups and saying it malfunctioned, and falsely reported the gender of the drivers he pulled over to disguise the fact he stopped a high number of women, according to authorities.
Prather was charged with of third-degree tampering with public records or information and fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records.
He was released without bail after being processed on the charges, prosecutors said.
The charges will be presented to a state grand jury for potential indictment.