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Man found dead Monday had encounter with police

Police records state that Jozsef Rasi, the man found dead behind the Pahrump Nugget on Monday, had an encounter with police two days before his death.

Rasi was arrested at 8:52 a.m. on Saturday morning on preliminary charges of driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test, according to the Nye County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. Rasi also failed a breathalyzer test, but what the level was was not recorded on the report.

Rasi was found dead Monday morning behind the Pahrump Nugget after police received a call at approximately 10:15 a.m.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly said Wednesday that the department is still investigating Rasi’s death.

What has not been released by the police is what day and time was Rasi was released from custody and if he received any medical attention prior to release. Wehrly said Tuesday that the department was still waiting for a cause of death from the medical examiner.

On Saturday, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Quick Save Storage and Mini Market on 1280 W. Highway 372, to reference a possible DUI. When Deputy Michael Connelly was en route to the business he received a call about a green Dodge truck that was unable to maintain its lane, almost hitting another vehicle from the oncoming traffic.

When the officer arrived at the establishment, he located the vehicle in question with an elderly man, later identified as Rasi, standing next to it.

The deputy could smell a “strong odor” of an unknown alcohol on Rasi’s breath when speaking with him. Rasi was asked if he was driving the vehicle and he responded, “yes.”

The officer questioned if Rasi had been drinking alcohol, to which he replied that he had drank two shots of vodka. Rasi’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and he had slurred speech according to the arrest report.

After being asked to step in front of Connelly’s patrol car, Rasi almost fell over twice, according to police.

After failing the field test, Rasi was placed under arrest and booked into the Nye County Detention Center on preliminary DUI charges. Police discovered two empty bottles of vodka located in the back of Rasi’s vehicle.

Two days later the Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at approximately 10:15 a.m. to “check the welfare of a male laying” in the area behind the northeast side of the property. The man turned out to be Rasi, and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

Officials with the Pahrump Nugget have not commented on the discovery. According to sheriff’s dispatch traffic, an employee of the Nugget discovered the body and authorities were then notified.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is asked to contact the Nye County Sheriff’s Office at 775-751-7000 or tips can be emailed to NCSO_Detectives@co.nye.nv.us.

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