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Henderson official’s traffic case closed after he pays fine

A top official with the city of Henderson, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in August, settled his court case by paying a $195 fine for improper parking.

Fred Horvath, an assistant city manager, paid the fine in November and also filed a certificate showing he’d completed an online traffic school class.

A test after Horvath’s arrest showed his blood-alcohol concentration to be 0.058, below the legal threshold of 0.08 for impaired driving, sources said at the time.

He entered a no-contest plea to an amended charge of improper parking Sept. 15 in Henderson Municipal Court before Judge Douglas W. Hedger, court records show.

About seven weeks later, on Nov. 6, the case was closed after Horvath, 58, completed traffic school and paid the fine.

The resolution has not been publicly reported before.

“I can just confirm that the matter’s been resolved and (I’m) moving forward constructively,” Horvath said Friday.

Henderson police arrested Horvath the afternoon of Aug. 8 at a 7-Eleven on West Sunset Road. Sources told the Review-Journal at the time that Horvath had been playing golf earlier in the day and police pulled him over after he crossed a lane divider.

It was Friday afternoon, a day when city offices are closed.

Horvath was booked into the Henderson Detention Center and released about 90 minutes later on his own recognizance.

City Manager Jacob Snow put Horvath on administrative leave after his arrest. Horvath said he was out for just two days and returned to work the following Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Contact Eric Hartley at ehartley@reviewjournal.com or 702-550-9229. Find him on Twitter: @ethartley.

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