Vavricek Back at Work Following DUI Arrest

Mayor Jay Vavricek

Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek is back at work at city hall, following a weekend arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.

Capt. Chris Kolb of the Nebraska State Patrol said Vavricek was stopped in Howard County, following a 911 call.

Kolb said such calls are common, as someone calls in a driver who may be impaired or exhibiting road rage. Kolb said he didn't know exactly what was reported to 911 in this case.

A trooper stopped Vavricek on Highway 281, about four miles north of the Highway 58 interchange.

Vavricek was taken to the hospital in St. Paul to have blood drawn. Howard County does not have a jail, so they take people to jails in either Hall County or Valley County.

In this case, they transported Vavricek to Valley County where he was booked on a DUI charge. He bonded out on a $300 bond later that same evening.

The county attorney's office in Howard County, where charges would be filed, said as of Monday morning they had not received reports from the State Patrol, so they had not had a chance to review the case and discuss possible charges.

Vavricek issued a statement on Sunday, saying he was "sorry and embarrassed."

City officials said Monday they did not expect to be releasing anything else on the mayor's behalf.