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Las Vegas Township constable arrested on DUI count

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 | 4 p.m.

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John Bonaventura, Las Vegas Township constable

Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura was arrested Tuesday night on a count of driving under the influence after he was stopped in a Constable’s Office vehicle and failed a field sobriety test, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported.

Authorities were alerted about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to a reckless driver heading southbound on U.S. 95 toward Boulder Highway, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said.

Troopers stopped Bonventura, 50, in an unincorporated area behind the wheel of a Constable’s Office vehicle, Hixson said. Bonaventura was “completely compliant” but failed a preliminary breath test and another field sobriety test, Hixson said.

Bonaventura was booked into the Clark County Detention Center but was released around midmorning, according to Metro Police.

The arrest came the same day Clark County commissioners announced they would consider an ordinance to eliminate the Las Vegas Township Constable’s Office, which has been a source of commissioners’ scorn since shortly after Bonaventura took office in 2011.

Lou Toomin, a spokesman for the Constable's Office, said late in the afternoon Bonaventura and the office would not have any further statements Wednesday.

County Commission chair Steve Sisolak that because the constable was an elected position, there’s little the county could do to discipline him.

“He’s independently elected. He answers ultimately to the voters,” Sisolak said.

Sisolak pointed to several options currently being considered – including a proposed county ordinance and two bills in the Legislature – that could rein in the power of the Constable’s Office or eliminate it.

“The DUI is a personal issue as far as I’m concerned,” Sisolak said. “The only part it overlaps with the county is one, whether he was using an official vehicle, which it’s my understanding he was, and two, whether he had his weapon with him at the time.”

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  1. For some reason this does not surprise me.

    Drunk driving is bad enough but even worse he is in a public owned car. Has no respect for the office or those he is elected to serve by making us liable for his actions.

  2. getting his Tuesday night schwerve on!

  3. He gets hauled to jail, but his car is not impounded, simply picked up by one of his employees. So no impound fees, just "professional courtesy". Wanna' bet they're already working on the judge to throw the case out due to "violations" of the law? Justice in this town stinks like the Apex disposal site...

  4. Robert, it's a public vehicle, so who do you think would pay the fees to the tow company? Yes, the tax payers.

  5. @tuasdad (Paul Seven)

    Usually when people are assigned vehicles from a motor pool, be it government or corporate, they are required to sign paperwork stating that they themselves are solely responsible for all fines, tolls, and towing & storage fees that they themselves cause the vehicle to incur. However...

    @doogie (robert duggan)

    With said assigned vehicles it is not uncommon at all to have a fellow employee dispatched to retrieve the vehicle to avoid said fees. Even after accidents when the vehicle is still drivable. Even when civilians are sometimes arrested, police can allow for this same thing to allow a friend or family member to come out tot retrieve the vehicle. So all of this is a moot point.

    Now, having said all of that... I am not defending Bonaventura, Toomin, or anyone else in their office. They're outright scumbags that give not only the police, but Las Vegas as a whole a bad name. They need to not only resign, but leave Nevada entirely. I wouldn't even want their corpses anywhere in the state after they die. Good riddance once they're gone. Just go away already, please.

    I fully believe that the only reason Bonaventura keeps getting reelected is because people get him confused with the famous, high-profile judge, "Joseph Bonaventure", and think they're voting for him. Just look at who keeps winning elections. People with simplistic names. "Bell", "Cherry", etc. If I changed my name to "Beef Supreme", I'd probably win any office I ran for in Clark County.

  6. Seems like this guy is a thug with a sense of entitlement, he acts like he thinks he is somebody.

  7. @mrlucky

    "i've heard how they wash all the police tickets at "family" court! DIRTY LITTLE SECRET."

    You know how I know that you've never hired a proper traffic attorney to get rid of your tickets?

  8. Name recognition, during elections, needs to be reconsidered. Too many are elected because Daddy or Mommy was well known, not on any merits s/he possesses. Example above.