LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Police are actively searching for a former Clark County prosecutor who failed to turn himself in at court to begin a jail sentence on cocaine possession charges.
David Schubert, who pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine a year ago, failed to appear Friday morning before Clark County District Judge Carolyn Ellsworth. She issued a no-bail warrant for his arrest, said Mary Ann Price, a district court spokeswoman.
Schubert's attorney, Louis Schneider, said he had no idea where his client was, but said Schubert was very despondent after losing his law license on Thursday.
Metro police spokesman Officer Marcus Martin said Saturday that while officials worried that Schubert might be suicidal, as time passed it was becoming more likely that Schubert has simply fled rather than surrendering to begin his sentence.
"Metro is actively looking for him just as they would any other person because the court issued a warrant for his arrest," Martin said. "At first, it was thought it might be a possible suicide situation, but since nothing has turned up in that respect it is now looked at more as a hiding situation or a possible flight situation."
Schubert's disappearance came a day after the Nevada Supreme Court temporarily suspended his license to practice law. The justices unanimously agreed his license should be suspended because of his guilty plea.
The Nevada State Bar would determine the length of his suspension.
Schubert, a drug prosecutor, resigned from the district attorney's office in March 2011 after he was arrested with a $40 rock of cocaine and an unregistered handgun in his car. He pleaded guilty in September 2011.
Schubert prosecuted several high-profile Las Vegas drug cases, including plea deals with celebrities including Paris Hilton and Bruno Mars.