Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Guilty Plea in High-Speed Escort

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Guilty Plea in High-Speed Escort

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A state police sergeant pleaded guilty Monday for leading an unauthorized escort of a high-speed sports car caravan along the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City last year, bringing to a close an embarrassing incident for the state police that led to widespread reassignments across the force.

Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry, 47, admitted in Superior Court in Middlesex County that he used black electrical tape to change the numbers on the license plates of his troop car to conceal his role in the unauthorized escort. He has agreed to resign under the terms of his plea deal, and prosecutors will recommend that he receive probation when he is sentenced on April 29.

Trooper Joseph Ventrella, 29, has waived his right to have a grand jury review the case against him and agreed to be charged with fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records. Ventrella, who submitted his resignation a day before he and Nassry were charged in July, is applying for admission to a pretrial diversion program. If he completes the program, the charge will be dismissed.

Nassry, of Phillipsburg, is a 26-year state police veteran. Ventrella, of Bloomingdale, has served seven years on the force. Both were suspended without pay in April 2012.

Each is permanently barred from seeking another law enforcement job in New Jersey, and Nassry is barred from seeking any further public employment.

Their public pensions will be subject to an administrative evaluation, said Jeffrey S. Chiesa, the state attorney general.

Both were charged in July for their roles in escorting a caravan of exotic sports cars down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City on March 30, 2012, at speeds above 100 miles per hour. A state police car, its emergency lights flashing, led a column of Porsches, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and other high-end sports cars with another police car following in the rear.

The caravan drew widespread attention at the time due to the makes and models of the cars and the fame of the drivers, including Brandon Jacobs, a former Giants running back. …

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