GREENLAND — State Trooper Sean Faherty must have checked his aircraft radar twice when his screen said a New Jersey driver had hit 142 mph trying to race home on I-95 south in Greenland Saturday morning.
State police say Eric Joseph, 51, of Short Hills, N.J., was driving a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trail Hawk as he raced by a trooper on the ground that Faherty had radioed down to make the collar for extreme speeding in this 65 mph zone.
Faherty was monitoring traffic at 8:05 a.m. Saturday from his aircraft when he spotted Joseph’s car.
After getting Faherty’s alert, Sgt. Christopher Storm pulled Joseph over and when asked why he was going so fast, Joseph simply said that he was “traveling home to New Jersey,” officials said. Joseph was charged with reckless operation and was scheduled to appear in Portsmouth Circuit Court to answer the chargein court on Sept. 23.
The State Police Special Enforcement Unit regularly cracks down on elevated speed violators and others who engage in aggressive driving,. They use the aircraft during commuter traffic periods and holiday travel times to keep the roadways safe, officials said.