NJ State Trooper Admits to Cover Up in 'Death Race'

A New Jersey state trooper has pleaded guilty to altering the license plate on his patrol car to cover up his role in escorting a caravan of sports cars that traveled at more than 100 mph.

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    A New Jersey state trooper has pleaded guilty to altering the license plate on his patrol car to cover up his role in escorting a caravan of sports cars that traveled at more than 100 mph.

    The escort down the Garden State Parkway began to make national headlines after one motorist who was passed by the Lamborghinis, Ferraris and other expensive, exotic cars described it as "Death Race 2012."
     
    A second trooper in the same case is applying for a pretrial intervention program that would keep his record clean.
     
    The state Attorney General's Office announced Monday that both have forfeited their jobs with the State Police and are barred from working in law enforcement in New Jersey.
     
    Sgt. First Class Nadir Nassry of Phillipsburg pleaded guilty to tampering with records. The state says it's recommending he receive probation.
     
    Trooper Joseph Ventrella of Bloomingdale is trying to enroll in the pretrial program.
     
    The two escorted the caravan in 2012 against State Police policy.

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    Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry and trooper Joseph Ventrella face criminal charges for their roles in the high-speed escort of luxury cars down the Garden State Parkway in March. The officers are being accused of altering their license plates by using black electrical tape to change the numbers. If convicted the troopers face three to five years behind bars. NBC10's Monique Braxton reports. (Published Friday, Jul 27, 2012)