NEW: Former Gang Force Leader Gets Community Service
HARRISONBURG — The former leader of the area gang task force will have a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol dismissed if he completes special terms over the next year.
During a hearing in a small room in Rockingham County General District Court on Friday, Bryan Horowitz, 36, pleaded no contest to DUI and received 200 hours of community service, had his license suspended for six months and was told to enroll in an alcohol safety program.
He avoids jail time as long as he meets those conditions in the next year. Horowitz can apply for a restricted license, and if granted, must have an alcohol ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle.
On May 3, a Broadway police officer stopped Horowitz and charged him with DUI, refusing a breathalyzer and speeding. Horowitz was driving 52 mph in a 35 mph zone, police allege. At the time of his arrest, Horowitz oversaw CHARGE, the Combined Harrisonburg And Rockingham Gang Enforcement task force, and was a corporal with the Harrisonburg Police Department.
He no longer has those jobs.
Judge Charles B. Foley, a special judge from Fauquier County, and Elizabeth Cooper, a special prosecutor from Page County, were brought in for the case.
Horowitz will return to court in October for the refusal and speeding charges.