A Conway police officer, who was arrested early Monday morning on a DWI investigation after wrecking his truck, has been fired for an unrelated issue.
According to Conway Police Department Public Information Officer LeTresha Woodruff, officer Jason Gregory Davis was fired Monday afternoon.
"As of 5 p.m. this afternoon, Jason Davis is no longer an employee of the Police Department of Conway," Woodruff said. "Davis was terminated due to previous issues unrelated to his arrest this morning."
Davis was found in his vehicle following a wreck at the main entrance of Centerstone Apartments at 835 S. Donaghey Ave. just after midnight Monday morning. Witnesses reported to police that the driver looked intoxicated. Police responded to the accident and found Davis slumped over to his right. The truck received extensive front end damage.
After identifying Davis, a supervisor was called onto the scene. Davis appeared to have a cut on the bridge of his nose, and an odor of intoxicants came from the vehicle. Davis was unresponsive when officers attempted to wake him. After several attempts, Davis awoke in a daze. He was unaware where he was, and he did not realize he was in an accident. His speech was slurred and difficult to understand. Davis' gun and badge were secured by the officer on scene, and he was handcuffed and placed in the patrol vehicle.
While being transported to the hospital, Davis repeatedly asked if he hit something. He then asked if the two officers with him were on duty and after seeing his handcuffs, he asked "Is that something you need to do?"
He allowed blood tests to be performed and was questioned by the emergency room staff about the accident. He said he did not remember being in an accident. He said he had a few drinks. After being treated and discharged from the hospital, he was transported to Faulkner County Detention Center and placed in a separate cell. His vehicle was towed.
Monday afternoon, Conway Police Chief A.J. Gary responded to the incident, noting that Davis was off duty and on administrative leave at the time of the accident. Davis was placed on administrative leave on an unreleated personnel matter. Gary would not comment on the first investigation but confirmed that it was not alcohol-related.
"We expect our officers to be held to a higher standard," Gary said. "We will look at the entire incident before making any decisions regarding his employment. But like anyone else he will be faced with being convicted as well as any disciplinary action from us."
Davis had been with the Conway Police Department since 2007, and officials said he was recently commended for his work with DWI incidents.