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Davis resigns after arrest
Wilson County NewsJuly 9, 2014 3,627 views 2 comments
For now, Officer John Jenkins Jr. is the acting police chief in China Grove, in the wake of the sudden resignation of former China Grove police Chief Larry Davis. The city council accepted Davis’ resignation at its July 3 meeting.
Davis, 63, of San Antonio tendered his resignation effective June 22, following his arrest that day in Temple. Cpl. Christopher Wilcox, spokesman for the Temple Police Department, said via telephone July 7 that Davis was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. This was after witnesses reported seeing a reckless driver operating a China Grove Police Department vehicle in the area.
Wilcox said when officers met Davis in the parking lot of an Econo Lodge Hotel off I-35 at 1:09 p.m. June 22, he was not in his police uniform. The corporal would not elaborate on what test was used to determine Davis’ intoxication, as the case is the subject of “an active prosecution.”
Davis was transported to the Bell County Jail, where records indicate he was released that afternoon after posting $1,500 bond.
“It’s a most unfortunate situation,” China Grove Mayor Eugene Ripps said after the council meeting.
Ripps also said that Davis was en route to a training session in Huntsville; the mayor said he received information of a prior DWI charge against Davis from 2010. Wilcox could not confirm this.
According to Jenkins, the council was required to accept Davis’ resignation before notifying the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement of his departure from the department. A commission spokesman said July 7 that Davis, who first became a reserve peace officer in 1995, has no prior disciplinary history.
Davis joined the department as a reserve officer in 2007 and rose through the ranks to become its chief in four years. Jenkins, in addition to overseeing the department’s operations, currently is its only officer. Personnel from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and Bexar County Constable Precinct 4 continue to assist China Grove, Jenkins said.
Also during the meeting, Chief Mike Winfield of the China Grove Volunteer Fire Department informed the council that talks are under way to join the unincorporated areas around China Grove into an emergency services district (ESD) with the areas currently serviced by the Harmony and Lone Oak volunteer fire departments. The three service areas that border Wilson County are the only ones in Bexar County that are not part of an ESD, he said.
Voters could decide the ESD’s creation as early as November, Winfield said. See the July 16 edition of the Wilson County News for more.
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