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3 reassigned after police escort

The N.J. State Police commanders received new posts amid investigation of the high-speed trip.

TRENTON - Three New Jersey State Police commanders have been reassigned as officials continue to probe allegations that a caravan of luxury sports cars received an unauthorized, high-speed police escort down the Garden State Parkway, the Star-Ledger reported Sunday.

Maj. Robert Catullo, commander of the troop overseeing northern New Jersey, was among those reassigned late Friday, the newspaper said.

Also moved were Catullo's deputy commander, Capt. Michael Cerisano, and a region commander, Capt. Warren Moore, the paper said.

It wasn't clear what role, if any, the transferred troopers might have played in the escorts or where they will now be stationed.

State Police Lt. Stephen Jones said 10 commanders were transferred overall Friday in "a re-alignment aimed at the Operations Branch." Jones said the transfers came in light of recent ongoing internal investigations, but did not say how many of the transfers related to the high-speed escorts. He also declined to identify the troopers involved.

Two troopers were suspended without pay last Monday after news reports cited witnesses who said they saw the caravan of a few dozen high-performance luxury cars speeding down the parkway at 100 m.p.h. on March 30, escorted by two state police cars. A station commander also was reportedly reassigned last Monday.