Why "Unlawful" Racing? To many people, Unlawful means more then not lawful, contrary to law, or illegal; It means Gary Davis. Gary was an amazing friend and officer who was tragically struck down by a low-life drunk. Gary's license plate on his Challenger, and username on moparts.org (he was a well known moderator) was "UNLAWFL". This is his story
At approximately 3:00 AM, Thursday, May 13, 2004, Officer Davis had just completed a drunk driving arrest on I-75 south of Square Lake Road and placed the driver in the back seat of his patrol vehicle. As he was turning around on the freeway, a south-bound vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed struck the drivers side of his patrol car. The collision resulted in Officer Davis's death and the serious injury to the arrested person and the driver of the other car involved.
The death of Officer Davis is devastating not only to his family and friends, but to the entire police community and the citizens Officer Davis served.
Officer Davis was 36 years old and married to his wife Nicole for nine years. He was devoted to his wife, his hobby of building muscle cars, his boxer dogs and his job. He started with this police department just over 12 years ago.
"Coop", as he was called, was an energetic and enthusiastic young man who loved police work. And, he was good at it. While assigned to the Patrol Division, he was active in training where he became an instructor in many areas including firearms, defensive tactics and rapid deployment
Later, Officer Davis was appointed to the position of School Liaison Officer and assigned to Lahser High School. There, he gained the respect and admiration of students and staff. He was very proud to see the Freshman Class he started with go all the way through to graduation. After serving four years as a School Liaison Officer, "Coop" asked to be reassigned to Road Patrol duties. He loved working the road. As described by his co-workers, Gary acted as a role model and was always available to other officers. He was known as a true professional and one who could be counted on to do the right thing.
His passing has left us all with a helpless feeling and a hole in our hearts. Even though he will be with us only in spirit, he will never be forgotten.