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Constable claims county leaders behind DUI arrest

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura claims he was set up after he got arrested Tuesday night for a DUI in his work vehicle. He believes the people behind it are county leaders who want to see him and his office gone.

Bonaventura said the half-smile in his booking photo was because he had just taken a breathalyzer at the Clark County Detention Center that proved he was under the legal limit.

"They're trying to set me up," said Bonaventura. "They want to eliminate the office. The same day that they come out with this agenda item to eliminate the Constable's office is the same day as this officer follows me nine miles to my house, pulls me over and tells me I was going three miles above the speed limit. She does a sham sobriety test in the middle of the Walmart parking lot."

Bonaventura claims he only had two beers at 4:30 p.m. The Nevada Highway Patrol reports a citizen called saying the constable was driving erratically on the 95 and he failed a sobriety test.

"It's terrible," said Bonaventura. "It's a horrible feeling. Like I said, to me it's political corruption at its best."

Bonaventura called it "fishy" since this comes as Clark County commissioners are questioning whether Las Vegas needs a constable and if Metro police or a private company could perform the same duties at less cost. Bonaventura's salary is $103,000 per year before benefits.

"Why would you want to eliminate an elected official's office?" asked Bonaventura. "If you don't like your legislature, are you going to go off and say, 'Look, let's eliminate the legislature's office'? Would you eliminate the county commission? That's not the way to do things. Communication is broken down."

Bonaventura plans to fight for his department at next week's commission meeting.

"Who knows," said Bonaventura. "Maybe I will be followed again all over across the valley and they will try and do something else."

Bonaventura said he believes Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani may be behind his arrest. She is out of the country and could not be reached for comment.

FOX5 did reach out to the Nevada Highway Patrol who made the arrest. They will release an arrest report in the coming days.

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