NJ Trooper in High Speed Escort of Sports Cars Surrenders
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The second of two New Jersey state troopers facing criminal charges stemming from a high-speed escort of luxury cars down the Garden State Parkway this past spring has turned himself in.
Joseph Ventrella, 28, of Bloomingdale met with authorities Tuesday, according to state officials. He's being charged with fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records.
This comes one day after Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry surrendered to face charges, including tampering with public records or information and falsifying or tampering with records.
Nassy's lawyer said they will fight the charges. Ventrella's lawyer didn't return calls seeking comment.
State prosecutors have said the troopers sought to conceal their involvement in the escort, which reached speeds exceeding 100 mph, by using tape to alter their license plates.
State troopers reportedly escorted a group of expensive sports cars traveling at 100 mph down the Garden State Parkway in March.
The video below was taken by people in a car trying to keep up with the high speed escort. It contains some offensive language.
Several of the state's top law enforcement officials investigated the incident and 10 Jersey state police commanders were transferred as a result.