Southaven Mayor Greg Davis charged with misdemeanors

By The Associated Press

HERNANDO — Southaven Mayor Greg Davis turned himself into authorities Tuesday for allegedly passing a stopped school bus.

Davis went to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department after misdemeanor warrants were issued for his arrest earlier in the day. He left after about an hour. No hearing date was announced.

Authorities said a school bus driver reported that Davis illegally passed a bus earlier this month.

Katherine Nelson, a spokeswoman for the school system, said the bus driver filed a complaint as an individual, not on behalf of the school system. The bus driver has not been identified.

The bus driver and the approximately 25 high school-aged children who were on the bus gave their affidavits Tuesday, recounting the incident to authorities.

However Stave Farese, Davis’ attorney, said a witness will confirm that Davis was following a vehicle that passed the bus illegally. Farese said Davis only passed the bus in order to see the first vehicle’s license plate.

Sheriff Bill Rasco said Davis is accused of not only passing the bus but using blue and red lights, similar to those used by law enforcement, while doing so.

It’s illegal in Mississippi to use those lights except on-duty emergency personnel.

“This is an ongoing investigation and no further comments will be made at this time,” Rasco said in a statement.