Turnpike authority approves deal in trooper stop lawsuit

April 1, 2015 12:49 AM

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The state's turnpike authority approved a preliminary legal settlement Tuesday that will pay more than $100,000 to a retired Army colonel who claimed a state trooper pointed a gun at him and his daughter during a traffic stop.

R. Timothy Leever sued Trooper Rodrigo Coelho after the stop on the Garden State Parkway in Colonia in 2010. Leever said he, his wife and their two daughters were traveling in two cars from New York to their home in North Carolina when they pulled into a service station.

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