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N.J. to Announce Charges Against Troopers Over Car Escort

July 27, 2012

New Jersey’s attorney general said he will announce criminal charges and disciplinary measures against troopers involved in “improper state police motor vehicle escorts.”

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and the police superintendent will also describe new procedures concerning escorts today in Trenton, the state capital, according to a statement.

The press conference comes a day after Charles Sciarra, a lawyer for a trooper sergeant, acknowledged that his client led a caravan of Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris on the Garden State Parkway in March. Sciarra said his client, Nadir Nassry, faced criminal charges.

According to the lawyer, Nassry led the convoy at the request of Brandon Jacobs, a player for the National Football League’s San Francisco 49ers. The lawyer called Nassry’s participation “a one-time screw-up” and denied the trooper engaged in criminal conduct.

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.

Chiesa’s announcement didn’t name the troopers to be charged or specify the counts or allegations against them.

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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