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Ex-N.J. Trooper Gets Probation for High-Speed Escort

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May 13 (Bloomberg) -- A former New Jersey State Police sergeant who escorted a high-speed caravan of Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris on the Garden State Parkway was sentenced to one year of probation.

Nadir Nassry, 48, also was sentenced today to 75 hours of community service by Superior Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz in Middlesex County, state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in an e-mailed statement. Nassry pleaded guilty on March 11 to altering the license plates of his car to avoid detection.

On March 30, 2012, drivers reported two state-police cruisers leading 20 or more cars in a “Death Race” convoy at speeds as high as 100 miles (161 kilometers) an hour to Atlantic City, according to complaints filed with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. The convoy started in Fort Lee, near Manhattan, and ended about 133 miles away, according to the attorney general’s office.

Nassry, a trooper for 26 years, agreed to forfeit his job and be barred from any law enforcement post in New Jersey. He pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree charge of falsifying or tampering with records, admitting that he used black electrical tape to change the numbers on the license plates of his state police car.

A trooper who helped with the escort, Joseph Ventrella, 29, also agreed to forfeit his job and will be barred from law enforcement in New Jersey, Chiesa said. He seeks to avoid a conviction through a pre-trial intervention program.

‘Alarming Episode’

“We responded to this alarming episode by establishing new rules for trooper escorts and by reaffirming the high standards of the New Jersey State Police,” Chiesa said. “The troopers involved in this unauthorized escort forfeited their law enforcement careers because they violated those standards, putting motorists at risk and discrediting the force.”

Charles Sciarra, an attorney for Nassry, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. He previously said that Nassry led the caravan at the request of Brandon Jacobs, who played for the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers. Chiesa has said that neither Jacobs nor any other drivers escorted by troopers would face criminal charges.

To contact the reporter on this story: David Voreacos in Newark, New Jersey, at dvoreacos@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net