District Judge Susan Weaver found former Conway Police Department officer Jason Davis guilty of a first offense DWI charge in a bench trial held Thursday at “Jack” Roberts District Court in Conway.
Davis was arrested in April of last year after police said he wrecked his vehicle at the main entrance of a Conway apartment complex.
According to police, Davis was found unresponsive in his vehicle, unaware that he had just been in an accident.
Officers noted Davis appeared intoxicated.
An evidence blood sample obtained from Davis at the time of the incident was thrown out of the case Thursday due to mishandling.
According to court testimony, the sample would not stand as evidence because the sample was not refrigerated while in official custody.
After police video from the time of the incident was reviewed in court, the guilty verdict was given.
Sentencing was delayed two weeks due to missing essential personnel.
Prosecuting Attorney Cody Hiland said he could not comment on the trial due to sentencing being delayed and the possibility of an appeal.
“We are satisfied with the outcome,” Hiland said.
Conway Police Chief A.J. Gary said in a press conference following Davis’ arrest that Davis was off duty and on administrative leave at the time of the incident.
Davis was fired from the department following the arrest, according to Gary, due to a previous and unrelated matter.
(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 505-1236.)
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