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Commissioner Patrick Davenport Reaches Plea Deal for DUI

ACC Commissioner Patrick Davenport.

Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Patrick Davenport was sentenced to probation and community service in connection with a September charge of driving under the influence.

Under a plea bargain his attorney, Jeff Rothman, reached on Jan. 25 with the ACC solicitor’s office and signed by State Court Judge Charles Auslander III, Davenport pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges. He received one year of unsupervised probation and 40 hours of community service, and must pay $1,000 in fines and court fees, according to Classic City News.

His license was also suspended by the Georgia Department of Driver Services, according to a letter in his file from DDS, but Davenport disputed that, saying he had been given a temporary license to go to work.

Police responded to a call about a drunk driver on College Station Road at about midnight on Sept. 18 and found Davenport reclining in the driver’s seat of a parked SUV with two flat tires. According to police, the 43-year-old Morton Road resident failed a field sobriety test and had a blood alcohol level of 0.216%. The legal limit is 0.08%.

Davenport was first elected to represent District 1 on the commission in 2018 and is up for re-election this May.