A Clearwater man has been arrested twice on drunken driving charges within a week, according to arrest reports.
Henry Francis Davis, 23, was arrested April 22 on U.S. 19 near Tampa Road after he got into a fight with another driver. Six days later, on Monday, he was arrested in downtown Clearwater after police saw him driving into oncoming traffic and almost hit other cars, arrest reports say.
Davis has a third DUI arrest in his past from about five years ago in California, according to affidavits.
The first arrest occurred about 6:15 p.m. April 22 after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper saw Davis get out of his vehicle on U.S. 19 to fight another driver, reports say. The trooper broke up the fight and noticed Davis appeared impaired.
Davis did poorly on field sobriety tests and couldn’t finish some of them, reports say. He gave breath samples that measured 0.156 and 0.154, about twice the level at which state law presumes intoxication.
He was booked into the Pinellas County jail and released on his own recognizance early the next morning.
At about 1:45 p.m. on Monday, Clearwater police received reports of a motorist driving recklessly in the area of South Fort Harrison Avenue and Chestnut Street. The vehicle came close to hitting other cars and at one point headed the wrong way into traffic, arrest reports say.
Officers pulled Davis over and he told them, “I’m sorry I shouldn’t be driving,” before nearly falling over when he got out of the car, reports say.
This time he refused to do field sobriety tests but provided breath samples that measured 0.229 and 0.239, reports say.
Davis posted bail $500 and was released.
An assistant public defender was appointed to represent Davis and a not guilty plea has been entered on his behalf, records show.