N.J. State Police Troopers to Face Criminal Charges in ‘Death Race 2012′ Case
Two State Police troopers implicated in escorting a caravan of luxury cars to Atlantic City at more than 100 mph will be criminally charged today, a lawyer for one of the men said Thursday.
In the face of the charges, the attorney said Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry, 47, a 25-year veteran of the force, had submitted a request for retirement Thursday morning, a took “full responsibility” for the incident on the Garden State Parkway in March.
“I am aware of the negative image and difficulty this escort has caused the Division of State Police,” Nassry wrote in a statement distributed by his attorney, Charles Sciarra, at a news conference. “I deeply regret that this matter has made an already difficult job even harder on my fellow troopers who work so diligently.”
At the same time, he asked for leniency for the other trooper involved, Joseph Ventrella, 28.
Nassry said Ventrella was simply following orders, “as would any Trooper conducting an escort while led by a supervisor.”