Two troopers in high-speed escort forfeit jobs

TRENTON – Two state troopers involved in a high-speed escort to Atlantic City have forfeited their jobs.

Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that the State Police sergeant who led the  unauthorized escort of a high-speed sports car caravan in 2012, Sgt. First Class Nadir Nassry, 47, of Phillipsburg, pleaded guilty today to a crime for altering the numbers on the license plates of his troop car with electrical tape during the incident.  

He and a second trooper who assisted in the escort agreed to forfeit their jobs with the State Police.

Trooper Joseph Ventrella, 29, of Bloomingdale, a seven-year veteran of the State Police who assisted in the unauthorized escort, agreed to waive indictment and be charged by accusation with fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records, the AG said.

He did not plead guilty to the charge. The state has agreed to allow him to apply for and enroll in the Middlesex County Pre-Trial Intervention Program, if approved by the court.  If he successfully completes PTI, the charge against him will be dismissed.  As conditions of enrollment in PTI, Ventrella will forfeit his job with the State Police and will be permanently barred from any law enforcement position in New Jersey.

“The actions we announce today reflect a resolve to maintain the highest standards of conduct for the State Police, standards to which the overwhelming majority of state troopers adhere,” said Chiesa in announcing the actions.

“These troopers violated those standards and betrayed the public’s trust, undermining public safety and the reputation of the force. They are justly paying a high price for their poor judgment.  Both men have ended their law enforcement careers, and one will have a felony record for the rest of his life.”

Nassry has been a trooper for 26 years. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that he be sentenced to a term of probation.  He must forfeit his job with the New Jersey State Police and will be permanently barred from any law enforcement position or public employment in New Jersey.  Judge Ferencz scheduled sentencing for Nassry for April 29.

Two troopers in high-speed escort forfeit jobs