Friday, July 27, 2012
2 NJ troopers charged in 100-mph caravan escort
"No one is above the law," Attorney General Jeff Chiesa said.
Administrative charges also were brought against four other members of the state police in connection with a high-speed escort in 2010, and a fifth trooper for his handling of a ticket issued to the operator of a Lamborghini clocked at 116 mph, also in 2010.
Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry and Trooper Joseph Ventrella sought to conceal their involvement in the March escort by using black electrical tape to alter their plates, the attorney general said.
Nassry also is accused of instructing other drivers in the caravan of high-performance vehicles to conceal or partly conceal their plates using tape or other means.
By hiding their plate numbers, the drivers were able to speed through tolls on the Garden State Parkway without paying, the attorney general said, creating what he described as a "mirage."
Chiesa said the taping of the troop cars showed "they intended to conceal their involvement in conduct that they knew was wrong."
The attorney general said the time limit had expired to issue any tickets to the motorists involved in any of the high-speed caravans.