TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A New Jersey state trooper is facing charges after officials say he tampered with records in an effort to cover up improper stops of female drivers.
The state’s Attorney General’s office announced the charges against Trooper Marquice Prather on Tuesday. Prather, 37, is from Linden, N.J. He was arrested on December 9 for tampering with public records and falsifying records.
Prather is currently suspended without pay. He is based out of the Holmdel Barracks in Monmouth County.
Authorities say Prather stopped women drivers “for the purpose of propositioning them to meet him socially.” Officials say investigations showed that Prather would pull over young women between the ages of 20 and 35 and would ask them out or give them his phone number.
They add that Prather allegedly would deactivate his wireless microphone during these incidents, claiming that it malfunctioned. Authorities add that Prather allegedly would report the wrong gender of drivers that he pulled over.
A number of women filed complaints against Trooper Prather.
Prather was released without bail following the charges.