NJ Trooper Pleads Guilty in High-Speed Caravan Escort

Monday, Mar 11, 2013  |  Updated 4:40 PM EDT
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New raw video obtained by NBC New York Wednesday shows a New Jersey state trooper car escorting vehicles as they raced down the Garden State Parkway last month. The race is being investigated by state authorities.

New raw video obtained by NBC New York Wednesday shows a New Jersey state trooper car escorting vehicles as they raced down the Garden State Parkway last month. The race is being investigated by state authorities.

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Trooper Escort Race May Have Been 2 Days

New Jersey State Police tell NBC New York that authorities will investigate an accusation that a high-speed escort of exotic cars down the state's toll roads last month may have been repeated the next day. Brian Thompson reports.
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A New Jersey state trooper sergeant who lead an unauthorized high-speed escort of luxury cars on the Garden State Parkway has pleaded guilty to a felony offense, officials said.

State Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa announced Monday that Sgt. First Class Nadir Nassry, 47, admitted to fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records after using electrical tape to alter the numbers on his trooper car license plates during the 2012 escort.

He and another trooper, Joseph Ventrella, both forfeit their jobs with the state police.

Officials said Nassry led the March 30 caravan and enlisted Ventrella to help. Under Nassry's plea agreement, the state will recommend a term of probation when he is sentenced April 29.

The escort down the Garden State Parkway at speeds believed at times to be in excess of 100 mph made national headlines after one motorist who was passed by the Lamborghinis, Ferraris and other expensive, exotic cars described it as "Death Race 2012."

No one was hurt, and there were no accidents as the convoy drove from north Jersey to Atlantic City. 

An attorney said in a statement that Nassry "apologizes to motorists endangered on that day," along with his colleagues and Ventrella.

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