911 call, videos released after a motorcyclist dies during South Jersey police chase after crash
The Attorney General’s Office today released video footage from police dashboard and body-worn cameras, as well as audio of a 9-1-1 call related to a fatal motorcycle crash that occurred during a police pursuit in Pemberton on April 20, 2023. The driver of the motorcycle who died in the collision was identified today as John R. Nutt, 41, of Mount Laurel. The officer involved in the pursuit was identified as Officer Laquan Jett of the Pemberton Township Police Department.
The deadly crash is under investigation by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA). The recordings are being released pursuant to policies established by the Attorney General’s Office in 2019 designed to promote the fair, impartial, and transparent investigation of fatal police encounters.
Investigators previously met with representatives of Mr. Nutt’s family to review the recordings.
The crash occurred on April 20 shortly after 5:16 p.m. on County Route 687 West, near the intersection with Davis Street, in Pemberton. The collision unfolded after police received a 9-1-1 call about an incident in which two of the involved parties, later identified as Mr. Nutt and his passenger, left the area riding a motorcycle. Officer Jett attempted to stop the motorcycle in connection with that investigation. A pursuit ensued, during which the motorcycle collided with an uninvolved minivan. The crash resulted in the death of Mr. Nutt, and left his passenger, whose identity is not being released, seriously injured. The passenger was airlifted to Cooper University Hospital in critical condition and was later released. The two occupants of the minivan declined medical treatment.