UPDATE: South Bend Council president reacts to councilman's arrest
UPDATE: Charges have been filed Saturday against a South Bend Common Councilman after he was arrested for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated. NowSouth Bend Common Council President Oliver Davis has issued a statement:
"On this incomprehensible day, I am very grateful for the alert citizens who notified our St. Joseph County Police regarding the ruinous and distressing actions today of 2nd District South Bend Councilman Henry Davis, Jr. while he was dangerously driving. Likewise, I am very appreciative to the St. Joseph County Police for their quick and decisive actions which resulted in no lives being lost or tragically hurt this morning. Drinking and driving by anyone is a deadly action and thousands upon thousands of people have suffered greatly due to people who have been so careless and erratic with their behavior which was woefully publicly exhibited today by Councilman Henry Davis, Jr.
"Now this crucial matter regarding Councilman Henry Davis Jr. is in the hands of the St. Joseph Prosecutor's office and the St. Joseph County Judicial system. As the President of the South Bend Common Council, I can assure you that our South Bend Common Council will follow the recommendations which the Courts, Indiana State Laws, and the City of South Bend's Municipal Code admonish us to follow in addressing the matter with Councilman Henry Davis, Jr.
"Let all of the People of our City of South Bend be assured that despite the difficulties which we face today, our South Bend Common Council, will stay focused and unwavering in working with our City of South Bend's Administration to carry out its mission which is "To make certain that our City Government is always responsive to the needs of our residents & that the betterment of South Bend is always our highest Priority."
Police tell us that Henry Davis Jr. was booked into the St. Joseph County Jail at 4:50 this morning.According to police sources, St. Joseph County dispatchersreceived a call just before 3 a.m. inregard to a vehicle traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the US 20bypass.SJCPD officers responded, located the vehicle, and stopped it in the area of the bypass and the Crumstown Hwy. overpass -- still traveling the wrong way, according to police.The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was Henry Davis Jr.Court documents show Davis told police he "knew he was traveling the wrong way, but didn't know how he got there."The documents also show Davis was asked three times to get out of his vehicle. Davis told police, "I was drinking, but I'm not drunk."READ COURT DOCUMENTS HEREThree field sobriety tests were performed, that officers say Davis failed. He was subsequently transported to the Mishawaka Police Department for a certified breath test. He was then transported to the county jail where he was booked on a preliminary charge of OWI.Davis was being held on a $500 cash bond. He posted bail around 10:40 this morning.The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office has now officially charged Davis with two counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, a class C misdemeanor and a class A misdemeanor.Davis is expected to appear in court on Monday.
Henry Davis Jr. has been at the epicenter of a number of recent controversies this year.In January he posted a sexually explicit picture on Facebook that put him at the center of an investigation that just finally got resolved earlier this summer.Davis then claimed that made him the target of a death threat.Davis is named in a slander lawsuit filed by four area law enforcement officials.And most recently Davis retweeted a comment about republicans and abortion that prompted official complaints to be filed against him saying his post was offensive and degrading.That brings us to Saturday morning's incident, in which Davis was arrested for OWI.Stay with WSBT both on air and online as we continue to follow this story.