A case against a former Gainesville Police officer has been reduced from DUI to reckless driving.
Adam Blake Davis, 30, of Cornelia, was charged Nov. 10 with DUI and speeding by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. In a formal accusation filed April 1 by Hall County Solicitor General Stephanie Woodard, the first charge was changed to reckless driving “by having some amount of alcohol in his system while driving.”
“It is in light of both the evidence that they were able to collect that night and recent court rulings,” Woodard said.
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.
Prosecutors and police are avoiding breath tests until a solution is reached.
“Until that wording is changed in the statutory warning, they have to ask for blood or urine if there’s a suspicion of probable cause for DUI. Hopefully, we can get that changed, because many people would much rather give a breath test than a blood sample, but those are the only two options that are left until we can get that legislative fix,” Woodard previously told The Times regarding the ruling.
The prosecutor stressed she was “making the exact same assessments that we do on every case that’s coming through.”
Davis is accused of driving 90 mph on Interstate 985, which is a 70-mph zone.
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.
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.”
Defense attorney Jeff Talley said he was working to have the case resolved.
“A snapshot out of Adam Davis’ life shouldn’t be held against him. He’s a good officer and treated everybody very, very fairly,” Talley said.