NJ Trooper Charged in High-Speed Caravan Escort Surrenders

Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry met with authorities Monday morning and was released a short time later

Monday, Jul 30, 2012  |  Updated 1:48 PM EDT
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One of the two New Jersey state troopers facing criminal charges for their roles in the high-speed escort of caravans of luxury cars down the Garden State Parkway has turned himself in.

Attorney Charles Sciarra

told The Star-Ledger

that Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry met with authorities Monday morning and was released a short time later. Sciarra said no arraignment date has been set.

Nassry, 47, an assistant station commander and 25-year-veteran who recently submitted his retirement papers, plans to fight the charges, Sciarra said.

It was not known when the other trooper charged in the case — Joseph Ventrella, a six-year veteran of the force — would surrender. Ventrella's attorney, Vincent K. Nuzzi, has said his client did not engage in any criminal wrongdoing.

State prosecutors have said the two troopers sought to conceal their involvement in the March escort, which reached speeds exceeding 100 mph, by using electrical tape to alter their license plates. They also have said the improper escort jeopardized public safety and undermined trust in the state police,

Besides the criminal charges filed against Nassry and Ventrella, administrative charges also were brought against four other members of the state police in connection with a high-speed escort in 2010. And a fifth trooper faces administrative charges for his handling of a ticket issued to the operator of a Lamborghini clocked at 116 mph, also in 2010.

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