SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- South Bend Common Councilman Henry Davis Jr. has been charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle while intoxicated.
Davis was driving a silver Cadillac westbound in an eastbound lane on the U.S. 20/31 Bypass at the Crumstown Road overpass. He was pulled over by St. Joseph County Police Officer Anthony Bradburn.
Officer Bradburn says when he asked Davis if he knew he was travelling in the wrong direction, he stated that he knew he was going the wrong way, but didn’t know how he got there.
Davis told the officer repeatedly, “I was drinking, but I’m not drunk” and indicated that he has multiple sclerosis.
Bradburn then had Davis perform three standardized field sobriety tests. He failed them all: Horizontal gaze nystagmus test, walk and turn test and the one leg stand. The final test was a portable breath test. Davis would blow into the device, but not very strong, and he registered a .14. Bradburn then explained the Indiana Implied Consent law to him. If an individual refuses to take the Breathalyzer test, he or she is subject to a fine and automatic suspension of driver's license for one year.
Davis was then transported to the Mishawaka Police Department, which was the only station with an operating breathalyzer test and an operator to do it. While there, the Indiana Implied Consent law was explained to him several times, but he refused to take the test.
As a final move, Davis was transported to St. Joseph County Jail to be booked for operating while intoxicated.
"When I heard the news this morning I was extremely disheartened," South Bend Deputy Mayor Mark Neal said. "Henry Davis does need help, and I hope he gets the help that he needs."
Davis Jr. posted bond at around 10:40 a.m. Saturday morning and is no longer in the custody of the St. Joseph County jail.
String of recent controversies involving Davis
Davis deleted his Facebook page Saturday morning, after the story broke.
It's the first time he's made such a dramatic gesture, despite several scandals in the past few years. That Facebook page itself was the source of controversy, when Davis Jr. posted a photo of a man engaged in a lewd sex act with a dog.
And a formal complaint was filed against him just a few weeks ago, for a tweet about aborting republicans.
Davis also made headlines this year for accusing a fellow council member of beating his wife.
And perhaps the highest profile incident before this arrest is another traffic incident in 2012. He was fined for not yielding and for driving with burnt out lights around his license plate.
He claimed he was being profiled because of his race.
Common Council President Oliver Davis responds to Henry Davis actions
Press Release from Oliver Davis, President South Bend Common Council Regarding Today’s Actions of 2nd District South Bend Common Councilman Henry Davis, Jr.
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.”
Disappointed, but Focused and Determined to Move Our City of South Bend Forward,
Oliver Davis, President – South Bend Common Council & 6th District Councilman