New questions arise in Henderson official's DUI arrest - 8 News NOW

New questions arise in Henderson official's DUI arrest

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LAS VEGAS -- A top Henderson city leader is temporarily off the job after officers say he drove intoxicated on Henderson city streets.

Sources tell 8 News NOW that assistant city manager Fred Horvath was playing golf Friday afternoon and officers arrested him shortly after that on suspicion of DUI.

He was released just hours later. Questions are being raised onto how that happened.

Fred Horvath may have spent very little time in the Henderson Detention Center.

His name was in the jail's computer database for about two hours, something DUI attorneys, both on and off the record, say is out of the ordinary.

When officers took in Henderson assistant city manager Fred Horvath near Green Valley Parkway and Wigwam Avenue, he was soon booked into the Henderson Detention Center. But Horvath presumably spent very little time there.

Horvath was listed in the jail's inmate computer system for about two hours.

"The norm is usually about eight to 12 hours, when somebody is arrested for an alleged DUI case," attorney Ryan Helmick with the Richard Harris Law Firm said.

Other DUI attorneys told 8 News NOW, off the record, that Horvath being processed out so quickly is like nothing they've ever seen.

One prominent attorney told 8 News NOW also off the record it looks like Horvath was allowed by a judge to basically walk in and out of jail.

Two other attorneys told 8 News NOW there is a mandatory 12-hour hold for all DUI arrests, so it would be nearly impossible for Horvath to get in and out so quickly.

8 News NOW asked to the Henderson city manager and Horvath about why his stay in jail was so short. A city spokesperson denied both requests.

8 News NOW asked to speak to chief Judge Mark Stevens, who released Horvath, about DUI policy and procedure when it comes to release. He didn't return our phone call.

A Henderson city spokesperson told 8 News Now anyone taken into arrested for DUI, who doesn't have a criminal history, can ask a judge to be bailed out quickly and that is what happened in Horvath's case.

Helmick says because Horvath was arrested on a Friday afternoon; it may have been slow at the jail, speeding up his processing time. But still, he says he's never seen the process move that fast.

Horvath remains on administrative leave as Henderson Police and city leaders continue to investigate his arrest.

A Henderson city spokesperson says state law states anyone released from jail on a DUI charge must have a blood alcohol level lower than .04. A city spokesperson says Horvath's blood alcohol passed that standard prior to his release.

It is unclear when he may be back to work.

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