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Former Gainesville officer given 12 months probation in reckless driving case
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Adam Davis

A former Gainesville Police officer entered a plea last month on a reckless driving case one year and one day following his initial arrest, according to court documents.

Adam Blake Davis, 31, of Cornelia, pleaded nolo contendere, or no contest, to the reckless driving charge, and the speeding charge merged for sentencing.

State Court Judge B.E. Roberts imposed Nov. 11 a sentence of 12 months on probation and a total fine of $1,147.

Other conditions of probation include staying away from alcoholic beverages, submitting to random drug screens and 40 hours of community service.

Davis was accused of driving while “having some amount of alcohol in his system” at a speed of 90 mph on Interstate 985, which is a 70-mph zone.

He was originally charged Nov. 10, 2018, with DUI and speeding by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office but the charge was changed because of a recent court ruling.

Following the Supreme Court of Georgia’s February ruling in Elliott v. State, police are no longer asking for a breath test after reading the implied consent notice to drivers suspected of DUI.

“It impacted a lot of cases, and Adam Davis was one of those. It wasn’t anything special. The prosecution prosecuted it very vigorously,” defense attorney Jeff Talley said.

The prosecutor stressed she was “making the exact same assessments that we do on every case that’s coming through.”

Woodard did not return a request for comment Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Talley said he is eligible to return to law enforcement. Regarding any plans to come back to the profession, Talley said his client had not specifically told him of any efforts to do so.

In a 2013 Gainesville Police annual report, Davis received the bronze award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for 25 DUI arrests as well as a traffic safety award for “occupant safety violations.”

Davis formerly worked in the traffic unit and had moved to the K-9 division. He submitted his resignation to Gainesville’s top brass the Saturday following his arrest.

“He was a really good officer, did a great job and made a terrible, terrible decision that changed his career path,” Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish previously told The Times.

Police did not comment on the case’s disposition when reached Wednesday, Dec. 4.