CHARGE Task Force Member Charged with DUI

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- UPDATE: 5/6/2014 6:30 p.m.
According to court documents, Cpl. Bryan Andrew Horowitz was arrested in Broadway Saturday night in the parking lot of Backstage Video after a Broadway Police Officer pulled him over for speeding.

After Horowitz allegedly refused a breathalyzer test, he was taken to the Rockingham County Jail where they took this photo of him. He was then released on summons.

At this point, the Harrisonburg Police Chief says it's an issue they're taking very seriously as Horowitz is now on administrative leave.

The Broadway Police Department is heading up the investigation. This isn't the first time a Harrisonburg Police Officer has been caught up in an alcohol related case. The Harrisonburg Chief says the last time something like this happened, the accused officer resigned. That has not happened with Horowitz.

Police aren't able to release much additional information because they say this is an ongoing investigation.

People living across the street from where the arrest was made say they're glad a potential drunk driver is off their streets.

"I'm glad the police are doing their job. The sad part is that it was HPD," shared Broadway resident, Linda Smith.

"There are a lot of kids crossing these roads in the evening. especially here towards the parks," added Dale Shumaker who also lives in Broadway.

Whether or not Horowitz, who used to lead a gang task force in Harrisonburg, is innocent has yet to be seen.

This is just the beginning of the investigation for him. He has a court date set for June 9.

The officer who pulled Horowitz over said an open Corona beer bottle was found in the vehicle. The officer added that Horowitz smelled like alcohol and refused a field sobriety test.

Wanda Berryman, who also lives in Broadway, says she's glad police are enforcing local laws.

"For one thing, it's a busy street. They have a lot of business through here. They've got a lot of elderly people that go through this area. They just need to slow down and be respectful of the older people and the kids. We've got kids that play on this little block. They can't cross the highway unless somebody is crossing with them," she shared.

According to Virginia law, the first time someone refuses a field sobriety test, like this case, it's a civil offense.

The court can suspend Horowitz's driving privileges for a year if he's convicted.


Cpl. Bryan Horowitz, the coordinator of the CHARGE Gang Task Force for Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, was charged with a DUI on Saturday evening, according to Cpl. Aaron Wonderley with the Harrisonburg Police Department.

Horowitz, 36, was arrested by a Broadway police officer and charged with a DUI, as well as refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

Wonderley said Horowitz was arrested while speeding on Lee Street.

We will update this story with more information as we receive it.


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