News anchor arrested on DUI charges

A local television news anchor was arrested on DUI charges on Sunday after she was involved in a wrong-way crash, according to Atlanta police.

Amanda Davis, an anchor at WAGA in Atlanta, was driving northbound in the southbound lane of Piedmont Avenue near 14th Street in Midtown around 12:20 a.m. when the crash ocurred, 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, according to Lyon.

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 responded that she had, according to Lyon.

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,” according to Channel 2 Action News. Davis has been at 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 Channel 2. Davis bonded out of jail on Sunday morning, Channel 2 reported.