Davis, an anchor at Atlanta’s WAGA-TV (Fox 5), was reportedly driving northbound in the southbound lane of Piedmont Avenue near 14th Street in Midtown around 12:20 a.m. when she caused a head on collision.
Witnesses at the scene of the accident claim that the 55 year-old Davis was being followed in a separate car by a friend, a young male driver.
After the accident, the gentlemen could be heard telling authorities on the scene that he’d met Davis at a bar earlier and was following her home to make sure she arrived without incident.
Clearly that didn’t work.
Additional details…According to Atlanta police spokesman Gregory Lyon, when the investigating officer arrived on the scene, he saw a black Toyota Corolla facing southbound driven by David Jarman and a Green Fiat facing northbound driven by Davis.
The wreck scene suggested a head-on collision with Davis’ vehicle traveling northbound in the southbound lane of traffic, Lyon said.
The officer said he noticed that Davis smelled of alcohol. When he asked her if she had been drinking, she admitted that she had.
During the course of the investigation, the officer determined he had reasonable cause to believe Davis was driving while impaired. Davis refused to a field sobriety test and state-administered chemical tests, Lyon said.
Davis’ Georgia drivers license was confiscated and sent to the state. She was taken to the Atlanta jail on charges of DUI, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving, according to Lyon.
In a statement, the Fox 5 vice president of news wrote, “We are aware of the situation and we are currently investigating.”
Davis has been with Fox 5 since 1986 and co-anchors the station’s news at 6 p.m and 10 p.m.
The other driver involved in the crash was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital after complaining of injuries.
According to WSB-TV, Davis bonded out of jail on Sunday morning. No word yet on when (or if) the Emmy award winning television anchor will be returning to her job at Fox-5.
Do you think Davis will return to anchoring the evening news anytime soon?
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