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Crime Stoppers chairman faces DWI charge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The chairman of the Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers and executive director of a progressive advocacy group was arrested early Saturday morning under suspicion of drunken driving.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Pat Davis, 35, around 12:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Broadway SE. He’s facing an aggravated DWI charge.

Davis was heading south on Broadway near Avenida César Chávez when he rear-ended another vehicle, according to Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Sid Covington. Deputies arrived at the minor accident to find that Davis appeared drunk, and he failed field sobriety tests, Covington said.

Davis then submitted to a breath test that showed his blood-alcohol concentration was higher than 0.16, twice the state’s presumed level of intoxication and the threshold for an aggravated DWI charge, Covington said.

Davis was the only occupant in a vehicle that Covington said was a gray BMW.

Davis said he could not comment on the specifics of the arrest due to the pending case, but he did say that he hopes the arrest will not detract from the “critically important work” done by the organizations he’s involved in.

“As I hope anyone under similar circumstances would do, I fully cooperated with the deputy involved. His professionalism reinforced my long held respect for the men and women who rise to the challenge to keep us all safe on a daily basis,” Davis said in an emailed statement to the Journal. “I cannot understate my appreciation for the seriousness of impaired driving, particularly in New Mexico, and I am truly sorry to those who are disappointed or embarrassed by my actions today.”

Davis has served as the executive director of ProgessNow New Mexico since September 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He was also a candidate for Bernalillo County sheriff in the 2009 election.

Davis began his career as a police officer in Washington, D.C., and has become well-known as an advocate for liberal policies and as a spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office and University of New Mexico police.

In October, he was named chairman of the board for Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit group of volunteers that works with local law enforcement agencies to provide rewards for anonymous tips used to catch wanted criminals.