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N.J ‘Death Race’ State Trooper to Face Charges, Lawyer Says

July 26, 2012

A New Jersey state trooper who escorted Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris in a high-speed “Death Race” on the Garden State Parkway in March faces criminal charges, according to his attorney.

Sergeant Nadir Nassry will be charged tomorrow, said Charles J. Sciarra, his Clifton-based lawyer, at a news conference in his office today. Sciarra said he didn’t know what the charges will be. Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa, said a news conference is scheduled tomorrow on the charges.

Motorists reported two state-police cruisers on March 30 leading a pack of sports cars in a “Death Race” convoy at speeds of 100 miles (160 kilometers) an hour toward Atlantic City, according to complaints filed with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

Sciarra confirmed today that Nassry led the caravan at the request of Brandon Jacobs, a professional football player for the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers. He called his client’s participation “a one-time screw-up.”

Sciarra said “a high-level law-enforcement professional in the Attorney General’s office” contacted him July 24 and said criminal charges against Nassry will be filed tomorrow.

‘Special Retirement’

He said Nassry had done nothing criminal. In a “request for special retirement” sent to State Police Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes yesterday, Nassry included the results of a polygraph test, commissioned by Sciarra’s office. The report said Nassry was “truthful” when he denied receiving a gratuity or anything of value, including football memorabilia, for the escort.

State police officials suspended Nassry and Trooper Joseph Ventrella without pay over the incident. Nassry is seeking full pension benefits, Sciarra said. Nassry’s annual salary was $110,423.54, according to state records.

Jacobs was released as a running back in March after seven seasons with the Super Bowl-winning New York Giants. He signed a one-year contract in April with the 49ers.

Nassry knows Jacobs from charity work, Sciarra said. Jacobs contacted the trooper to request an escort for the drivers, who were heading to the seaside resort to discuss fundraising, the lawyer said.

To contact the reporters on this story: Elise Young in Trenton at eyoung30@bloomberg.net; Jef Feeley in Wilmington, Delaware at jfeeley@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Stacie Servetah at sbabula@bloomberg.net; Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net.


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