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N.J. pays $150K to man injured in crash with drunk State Police detective

By Christopher Baxter | The Star-Ledger

The state Attorney General's Office has agreed to pay $150,000 to a Philadelphia man who was injured in a pre-dawn car crash in 2009 involving a State Police vehicle, and then kept in the dark for two years about the identity of the trooper who was driving.

The man, Clayton Tanksley, was struck from behind by an unmarked patrol car while traveling on Interstate 295 in Camden County, rolling his sports utility vehicle onto its roof and leaving him hanging upside down from his seat belt as he awaited emergency crews. 

The troopers who arrived first at the scene not only did not ask the off-duty trooper, Detective Sgt. William Billingham, to take an alcohol test, but also used his undercover identification on their accident report, sending Tanksley on a two-year search for someone who did not exist.  full story on nj.com

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