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Decorated Gainesville police officer resigns following DUI arrest
Solicitor reviewing pending cases
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Adam Davis

A Gainesville Police Officer who had been awarded for DUI arrests and occupant safety violations in the past was charged with DUI in November. He resigned that week, and Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard is now reviewing some of his pending cases.

“We are reviewing any cases in which he would be a witness for the state, but it is not a circumstance that would affect his credibility as far as the truthfulness of the word of that officer,”  Woodard said.

Adam Blake Davis, 30, of Cornelia, was charged with DUI and speeding by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office Nov. 10.

A deputy stopped his 1995 Dodge Ram truck at 1:21 a.m. on Interstate 985 northbound near exit 8.

Deputy Chief Jay Parrish, who was named police chief this week to succeed Chief Carol Martin, said Davis reported his arrest and submitted his resignation the Saturday following the arrest.

Woodard said she was aware of roughly two dozen pending cases in her court, though it could be more with traffic citations.

Davis formerly worked in the traffic unit and had moved to the K-9 division, Parrish said.

“He was a really good officer, did a great job and made a terrible, terrible decision that changed his career path,” Parrish said.

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.”

Phone numbers listed for Davis through online databases were inoperable Thursday, Dec. 20.

“It is a charge and a mere allegation. He is innocent until proven guilty. He is a good officer. I don’t think any charge or allegation is going to reflect upon him as it relates to his veracity or reliability in any case. He is a very honest gentleman,” defense attorney Jeff Talley said.

Woodard said Davis’ case is still pending in State Court, as she has not reviewed the entire file.

She described Davis as an “officer who had served the city of Gainesville with honor and excellent discretion as it revolved around his treating of citizens.”

“I hate it for him, but it was a circumstance that none of us could turn a blind eye to. We hold our employees to a very high standard, higher than that of the average citizen. And he knew that. I think that’s why he immediately resigned,” Parrish said.