Details Still Hazy in G.I. Mayor DUI Arrest


Nearly two weeks after the Grand Island mayor was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, details of his arrest are still unclear, including how "drunk" he was at the time of the incident.

Since no charges have been filed against Jay Vavricek, NTV News and other media outlets have requested more details, including his blood-alcohol content. However, prosecutors have denied access to that information, and have not released any more details from the night of March 4.

Officials with the Howard County Attorney's Office told NTV in a phone call Thursday evening, "It would be unethical to give out this information at this time."

However, compared to other DUI arrests NTV has reported, the mayor's charges, if any will be filed, appear to be taking more time than usual.

Vavricek was stopped in Howard County, between St. Libory and St. Paul. The decision on what, if any charges, will come from the Howard County Attorney.

The Nebraska State Patrol said previously that Vavricek was stopped because of a citizen call to 911.

The Grand Island Independent requested the audio recording, made by the Grand Island 911 center.

Grand Island City Attorney Bob Sivick denied the newspaper's request.

NTV made a records request as well, and Sivick provided a letter outlining his objection to the release of the 911 call.

The call was made at 5:22 p.m. on March 2 and was followed by a call at 5:37 from the 911 center to an official with the Nebraska State Patrol.

Sivick said state law gives the city the option to withhold the call, which he decided to do because the case is pending.