Mayor Makes Plea Deal After DUI Arrest

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek entered into a plea agreement with the Howard County attorney to plea no contest to his reckless driving charge in return for not filing a DUI charge.

Attorney David Schroeder says Vavricek's blood alcohol level was .093.

The plea agreement was a $400 fine with no other sanctions, but the judge gave him $500 plus court costs and lab fees.

Vavricek was arrested on suspicion of first offense DUI on March 2.

Schroeder says he filed the reckless driving charge Monday afternoon.

According to the Nebraska State Patrol, Vavricek was stopped at Highway 281 and Highway 58 in Howard County Saturday March 2, after someone called in the vehicle he was driving as a possible drunk driver.

A trooper said that vehicle was driving on the shoulder of Highway 281 around 6:00 p.m. when the stop was made.

After sobriety tests, Vavricek was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and booked into the Valley County Jail

According to the citation and complaint report from Nebraska State Patrol, in addition to the first offense DUI, he was also cited for failure to use a seatbelt.

Vavricek released a statement Sunday March 3, saying, "I am sorry and embarrassed for the events that have occurred in the last 24 hours. I apologize to my family, those dependent on me, and my community, and will take corrective action so they will never be affected like this again."

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