Wrightsville Beach cop quits after DWI arrest


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Submitted: Tue, 07/17/2012 - 9:26pm
Updated: Wed, 07/18/2012 - 12:36pm
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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A Wrightsville Beach Police officer is off the job. He quit this morning four days after being arrested for allegedly drinking and driving.

Wrightsville Beach Police Chief Dan House called Jordan Davis on his best officers. Troopers arrested Davis early Friday after he reportedly blew a point 0.08 BAC at a license check point on Eastwood Road and Airlie Road.

“He is very proactive,” House said. “He does a great job. We’ve done a lot of changing within the agency, and he has been a big part of that change. For us it’s a sad day, it’s a sad day, because I think we lost one of our better officers.”

Even with conduct policies in place chief house says there is nothing the department can do to prevent incidents like this from happening. House says is sad to see an officer make an unfortunate decision that ultimately cost him his job.

“It was just a poor decision, and you know we can’t prevent that,” House said. “You know we have policies and procedures in place, and one of them does address alcohol use and conduct unbecoming an officer.”

Area residents were shocked at the news of the officer’s arrest, but they were understanding of his situation and agreed with Davis’s decision to resign..

“People should know their limits,” Wilmington resdient Laura Ambrogio said. “So I think that he should have known his limits, and should have known better than to drive. You know we all pay the consequences. I think that him taking that move was the right decision for him.”

Chief House said Davis was heading home from a party when he was stopped.

Davis is due back in court September 4.

16 Comments

  • Guest 4235 says:

    First, I would like to say that Officer Davis is neither a scumbag nor an idiot as some of you have stated. He happens to be a very nice person and was a good Police Officer. He simply made a wrong decision to drive when he had been drinking and a good decision to resign when he did. I am sure he has learned a good lesson and hope that he is able to get back into law enforcement with another department.

  • GuestX says:

    Your a moron,the officer ate UNCW was given a demotion and spent two years working his way back up.Guess B M stands for big mouth,while I do agree that most cops who find themselves on the wrong side of the law ,often do get away with more than the average joe,as was the case with the officer who ran his car into a tree in brunswick county,Its simple break the law and get caught,pay the price,regardless of who you are.Least thats the way it has always worked for the common man.or

  • Guest1234 says:

    First of all do you know him?? Probably not….so quit passing judgement on someone you don’t know. Everyone that knows him knows that he is a outstanding guy! His own chief of police thinks that as well “It is a sad day for the Wrightsville Beach Police Department as Officer Davis was one of our better officers and a rising star in the agency,” said Chief Daniel House Jr. “Our department has made many changes over the past year and Officer Davis has been instrumental in assisting with that process. This was just an unfortunate lapse of judgment.” Second of all…why point your finger at him for making a mistake when you all have made a mistake or poor choice in your lifetime. As my grandmother taught me “People Who Live In Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones!

  • ILM NATIVE says:

    tickets this scumbag wrote to others for doing the same thing…He resigns and moves onto another dept. Fine example to set for the public. Probably thought he’d get a pass being a cop and all….WRONG

  • B M says:

    Well that is a rare occurence, usually as the case of the UNCW officer that came to work in a police car under the influence they get a promotion and a raise, in Brunswick County that seems to be the norm also, this guy must have been an outcast.

  • B M says:

    last I checked dring under the influence get’s you a dui, would think it would be more serious if you were driving around in a law enforcement vehicle, and a dui would disqualify you from driving a patrol car for the year and I doubt there would be a big need for a deputy without a drivers license,also had this been an average citizen he wouldn’t even have been able to qualify for a CCW, probably much less been able to keep his LE quals. I sure hope you aren’t implying there should be one set of standards for us and one set of standards for the other side.

  • phillyguy says:

    Headline should have read…Booze it and loose it’s Operation Fire Cracker Pops One Of Its Own! Lol

  • Justin America says:

    “license check point” Like the ones in Iraq?

  • guesty says:

    In this current day, there is no viable excuse for driving drunk. If guilty, you sir, are an idiot.

  • taxpayer says:

    this was the honorable thing to do. Unfortunately, he may never work in law enforcement again…or at least for a long, long time.

  • Grand Ole Party says:

    What a dumb a@@. Why in the name of all that is unholy would ANYONE much less a cop choose to drive drunk?

  • all in a days work @ wbpd says:

    Since the first of the year there have been four wb patrol officers internally investigated that directly lead to demotion or resignation – all in a force of 23! Chief House sure has his work cut out for him. Looks like he’s having to spend a lot of time protecting the citizenry from his patrol force. Heck, back in April he is on the record stating “We’re keenly aware that sometimes officers don’t treat people the way they need to”.

    In the same meeting he noted that his changes to the department’s culture aren’t popular within the force. His admin captain is retiring, there is already an unfilled patrol officer position lingering from the “restructuring” that occurred after the Appler/Altilio/Miller debacle – and now this. (But we can be assured that he’ll handle it all a lot better than Carey would, so long as the town’s manager will loosen his leash every now and again.)

  • Guest5689 says:

    REALLY? What is going on that these officers are “resigning” before internal investigations are complete? Does that somehow allow them to keep their Law Enforcemnt Credentials? Prime example of this is the LT. (Lawrence Miller) who was with the New Hanover County Sheriffs Office, he “resigned” his position with the department and do you know that case is STILL ON GOING in New Hanover County as he has repeatedly had it continued over and over again for almost a year now…the next hearing is August 20th, well if he waits just a little longer he will have a WHOLE year he has played with the courts….is this Officer going to do play the courts the same way? If it was “John Doe” regular citizen…you would have NEVER been able to continue a court case for a year for a DUI…..New Hanover County has some VERY BIASED courts!!

  • GuestLEO says:

    You assume that law enforcement officers receive preferential treatment with regards to having their court cases continued. You would be incorrect. As an officer that deals primarily with DWIs, the vast majority of ALL my cases are continued multiple times and extend out past a year. I have very few cases in which the court case is adjudicated in less than a year. It is standard practice for attorneys to push court dates out as long as possible in order to allow their clients the opportunity to comply with all needed assessments and fines ahead of time. Don’t assume. Ask for clarification.

  • RSimmons says:

    except in this case, Davis was neither.

  • GuestQuest says:

    Why is it that most times you see a LEO arrested for DWI, the arresting officer is a highway patrol officer? Is it just coincidence or could it be that local officers are not reporting when they they catch one of their own?

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