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Crime Stoppers chair steps down after DWI bust

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The chairman of the Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers said Monday that he resigned the position after being arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated DWI.

However, Pat Davis said he intends to stay on as executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico, a tax-exempt progressive advocacy group that has targeted Republican candidates and officeholders.

He said he plans to impose a suspension on himself for “off-duty conduct,” but said he was unsure when that suspension period would begin and end.

Davis was named chairman of the board for the volunteer Crime Stoppers group in October 2012. His one-year term as chairman was scheduled to end in September, he said.

Davis was arrested early Saturday in Albuquerque after the car he was driving rear-ended another vehicle, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into jail and released on his own recognizance, according to Metropolitan Court records.

Davis faces an aggravated DWI charge, because a breath test taken after the crash showed his blood alcohol concentration was higher than 0.16, twice the state’s presumed level of intoxication, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

After the arrest, Davis apologized to those who were “disappointed or embarrassed” by his actions and praised the professionalism of the officer on duty.

Both the Republican Party of New Mexico and the Republican Party of Bernalillo County called for his resignation from Crime Stoppers on Monday, with Bernalillo County Chairman Frank Ruvolo saying he should also vacate his position with ProgressNow.

“Mr. Davis has always taken it upon himself to point out perceived inadequacies in others and call for resignations for much lesser offenses, and it is time that he realizes that this is a two-way street,” state GOP Chairman John Billingsley said.

Davis, 35, is a former Washington, D.C., police officer and spokesman for the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for sheriff of Bernalillo County in 2010.

Davis has spoken in favor of aggressive anti-DWI efforts and applauded a 2010 court decision that gave police officers more tools to go after drunken drivers.

Davis told the Journal in a statement sent after the arrest that he could not “understate his appreciation for the seriousness of drunken driving, particularly in New Mexico.”

Crime Stoppers is a nonprofit group of volunteers that works with local law enforcement agencies to provide rewards for anonymous tips used to catch wanted criminals. The group, which has more than 1,100 branches worldwide, was founded in response to the 1976 murder of University of New Mexico student.