Fuentes: Trooper high-speed escort ‘aberration’

TRENTON – Attorney General Jeff Chiesa and State Police Supt. Col. Rick Fuentes said that Chiesa will attend a command

TRENTON – Attorney General Jeff Chiesa and State Police Supt. Col. Rick Fuentes said that Chiesa will attend a command staff meeting Wednesday.

Neither official would disclose specifics about the meeting or the ongoing investigation into allegations that two troopers – now suspended – escorted luxury cars at high speed along the Garden State Parkway on March 30.

Fuentes called the incident an aberration and said state police have guidelines on how escorts are handled. Fuentes said the N.J. state police has the “greatest level of oversight.’’  

Sgt. First Class Nadir Nassry and Trooper Joseph Ventrella have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.  Nassry is a 25-year veteran of the state police; Ventrella has been with the state police six years.

Without identifying the trooper by name, Fuentes said that about 12 years ago one of the two troopers had rescued someone from a vehicle but this may end up being the “significant event’’ of his career for which he will be remembered. The Easton Express-Times reported that Nassry received a valor award for rescuing a motorist in 1998.

The Star-Ledger reported that according to sources, former N.Y. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs was among those driving the cars.

The comments by Chiesa and Fuentes came after the conclusion of a Senate Budget Committee hearing at which Chairman Paul Sarlo asked for members to focus on budget issues and not the high-speed incident.

Fuentes: Trooper high-speed escort ‘aberration’