Controversial Councilman Henry Davis, Jr. is out of jail and due in court August 11th.
Previously, Davis created a stink when he posted an obscene photo to Facebook. Early Saturday morning he was arrested for drunk driving. Davis was allegedly caught traveling the wrong way on the wrong side of the U.S. 31 Bypass (westbound in the eastbound lanes).
Newscenter 16 was there Saturday when Davis got out of jail, got into the back seat of a waiting SUV, and got back onto the front page.
“This is a young man who has a lot of potential and one worries that his life is spiraling out of control,” said South Bend’s former Democratic Mayor Stephen Leucke.
“I mean, this was a very serious thing that happened. He could have been hurt, lots of people could have been hurt,” said St. Joseph County Democratic Party Chairman Jason Critchlow. “We're not facing a downhill slope right now, things just keep piling on and the mountain is getting larger and larger.”
It’s unlikely that Davis would lose his seat on the council because of the misdemeanor charges. It generally takes a felony conviction in Indiana for an elected official to be removed from office.
Today, Chairman Critchlow stopped short of asking Davis to step down, although he did insist that Davis step back. “Take some time, step back, and just reevaluate everything that’s going on and how it’s going to affect his ability to be an elected official and an effective councilman.”
Less than two weeks ago, former Mayor Stephen Luecke was among those who publicly called for calm on the council, only to see the body step out of the frying pan and into the fire.
“You know if he can shape up his act and be a good council member then uh, then more power to him but we're sort of running out of swings at the ball here,” said Luecke. “It appears to me that he needs some help. Hopefully he will recognize that himself.”
It’s likely Davis has lost his driver’s license for up to a year.
The charging documents indicate that Davis refused to take a certified breath test. Under Indiana’s Implied Consent law, that results in an automatic one year license suspension.
Court documents indicate that Davis did take a portable breath test in the field which registered .14.