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Denham Springs City Councilman Chris Davis

A Denham Springs city councilman was arrested Thursday on a domestic abuse complaint.

Chris Davis, 40, faces a misdemeanor count of first-offense domestic abuse battery, said 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Autumn Payton. He is scheduled for arraignment March 21.

Details of the incident were unclear Thursday. Police declined to release the incident report, citing the ongoing investigation, and attempts to procure a probable cause affidavit from the District Attorney’s Office were unsuccessful.

Davis was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center with bail set at $1,500, according to a sheriff’s spokeswoman. He did not appear in the online jail roster by Thursday afternoon.

Davis was absent from Thursday evening’s scheduled City Council meeting and did not return a call seeking comment. He also was absent from the council’s last meeting on Jan. 25. The city clerk said Thursday that Denham Springs does not have any rules governing council member attendance.

Davis’ arrest was not publicly discussed during Thursday’s meeting. Several council members at the meeting said they had only just heard about Davis’ arrest and had not yet spoken to him, saying only that he and his family were in their thoughts.

The councilman had previously been arrested while in office. In 2012, he T-boned a car on La. 16 and fled the scene, leading a parish deputy on a chase, according to court documents. When pulled over, he initially refused to submit to sobriety tests. His blood was collected under warrant and measured a blood alcohol content of 0.15. The state’s presumption for DWI is 0.08 percent.

Davis performed community service under court order after pleading no contest to operating a vehicle while intoxicated in 2012. He was sentenced to four days of community service, as well as a six-month suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay a fine and fee totaling $1,058.

Davis, a corporate environmental health and safety manager, won re-election in 2014, narrowly edging Julie Dyason-Norris with 51 percent of the vote in a runoff.