Charges Filed Today Against New Jersey Troopers Who Led Luxury Car 'Death Race'
Officer at crux of case resigned Thursday, could lose pension
Ever been frustrated to be stuck in traffic? Ever want to go 100 mph on a road like Route 80 or the the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway? After all, if you have a super car like a Lamborghini or Ferrari that can easily go 140 mph, you want to air the car out one in a while without worry over speeding tickets.
Occasionally, you can, with no fear from the police, as long as you have the help of the right police officers.
Two New Jersey State Police officers who escorted a caravan of luxury cars, in some cases super luxury cars, at high speeds last March to Atlantic City, N.J. were criminally charged Friday and face disciplinary act for their involvement.
"We will not tolerate officers who endanger the public," said state attorney general Jeffrey Chiesa, while announcing the charges at a press conference. "What they did was absolutely wrong."
The caravan was moving through traffic at times in excess of 100 miles an hour with a police escort. Some in the group of drivers, which included former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, according to press reports, had also taped over their license plates.
The caravan, dubbed "Death Race 2012" by some drivers who captured the speeding cars on their phone cameras as they were stuck in traffic as the cars whizzed by, was traced by The Star-Ledger to The Driving Force Cub, an elite New York City-based group that advertises itself as being "for all car fanatics with a spice of racing and adrenaline rush to their hearts."
One of the State Troopers expected to be charged criminally, Sgt. 1st Class Nadir Nassry, has said through his attorney that he did not personally benefit from the incident, and supplied a polygraph test to that effect with his plea. He resigned Thursday.
State investigators are continuing the probe since it is hardly imaginable that police providing an unauthorized and improper escort for a group of wealthy luxury car owners to speed from Northern New Jersey to Atlantic City, a journey of 125 miles, without being compensated in some way under the table.
The Star-Ledger published an article about the incident in April, and soon afterward Nassry and a second, junior, state trooper who acted under orders from Nassry, were suspended without pay. That same day, the State Police and state Attorney General's Office said they were launching a second investigation into a similar incident in 2010 that was captured on an amateur video and posted on nj.com, the online home of The Star-Ledger.
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