A female driver who caught the eye of 14-year Voorhees police officer Jeffrey M. Tyther apparently so beguiled him that he allegedly used a State Police motor vehicle database to track her down and attempt to friend her on Facebook.
Tyther, 44, of Voorhees, was suspended without pay from his hometown force on charges of computer theft and violating the motor vehicle record law. Tyther turned himself in July 23 to State Police and was released on a summons.
On Sept. 9, 2011, while on duty in a marked police cruiser, Tyther apparently saw the woman pass him on the road. He pulled up behind her, then next to her and then waved to her.
The two neither spoke nor exited their vehicles, according to a report from the Camden County Prosecutor's office.
"Tyther did not stop this motorist, issue her a ticket or witness her engage in any criminal behavior that would have warranted accessing her personal information through that database," read a statement from the Camden County prosecutor.
"Use of that database is specifically limited to law enforcement purposes only, meaning it can only be used to further a criminal investigation," the statement read.
"Tyther is further accused of using the motorist’s personal information to find her on Facebook. He attempted to 'friend' her within a few days of seeing her on the road. When she didn’t respond to the friend request, Tyther emailed her, identifying himself as the officer who waved at her earlier that week."