Early Sunday morning, Fox 5 News Anchor Amanda Davis was involved in a two-car accident. The crash happened, according to an Atlanta Police Department report, on Piedmont Avenue around 12:20 a.m. Davis was also arrested and charged with a DUI for reckless driving. Although the GA-based news broadcaster had refused to take a state-administered chemical tests or field sobriety tests, an officer present had enough evidence to arrest her.
When a police officer arrived to the scene early Sunday, the news anchor’s green Fiat was facing northbound in the southbound lane of Piedmont Avenue. Ultimately, she ended up hitting a black Toyota Corolla that was driven by David Jarman, who was driving in the right direction in the southbound lane. The responding officer said that upon arriving, Davis reeked of alcohol. The officer asked if she had been drinking in which she responded, “yes.”
Davis refused to take any form of a sobriety test at the scene of the accident; however, law enforcement felt that they had enough reasonable cause to believe that Davis was driving under the influence of alcohol.
As a result, her Georgia driver’s license was immediately confiscated and Davis was transported to the Atlanta Jail and officially charged with DUI, failure to stay in a lane and reckless driving. Atlanta Channel 2 has said that Jarman was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital after he complained about having pain and injuries but was listed in stable condition. Fox 5 vice president wrote in a statement that, “We are aware of the situation and we are currently investigating.”
Amanda Davis is an Emmy award winning co-anchor at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. She arrived to Fox 5 News in 1986 from WSB-TV, where she was a reporter and anchor. While at Fox 5 News, she has reported on a variety of issues and was an anchor of the noon news. She is also known for launching the highly-successful Good Day Atlanta in 1992 before finally taking over the main anchor chair in 1997.
Amanda has received numerous awards and honors that include multiple Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; also, Best Newscast honors for anchoring Fox 5 News in 1999 and 2000. She has been recognized by the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists through receiving many awards, including Best Anchor in 2000.
Back in 1998, Davis was honored by receiving the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for her ongoing live broadcasting during the abortion clinic bombing in Atlanta. It was her on-air work during that tense time that also ended up with her being honored with a Gabby Award by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.
Amanda Davis Fox 5 News Anchor Arrested
Amanda Davis Fox 5 arrested for DUI.