New Bern mayor charged with DWI in Havelock

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 02:58 PM.

New Bern’s mayor said he was tired and not drunk after his arrest for driving while impaired Monday morning in Havelock.

Lee Bettis, 48, was arrested and charged with driving while impaired, failure to maintain lane control and failure to obey highway markings, according to a release from the Havelock Police Department.

Bettis was stopped by Havelock police around 7:43 a.m. after two motorists called 911 to report that a Chevrolet van was driving erratically on N.C. 101, according to the release. Police officers were able to observe the van and pulled Bettis over on U.S. 70 near the entrance to the Tucker Creek subdivision. Bettis had two children in the van with him.

Based on the manner that Bettis was observed operating the vehicle and after conducting field sobriety tests, police found cause to arrest him for DWI, according to the release.

Bettis reportedly consented to a blood test, which will be analyzed by the SBI for alcohol and any other controlled substance. Bettis registered 0.00 percent on the Breathalyzer, which measures blood alcohol level.

He was taken before a magistrate, who found probable cause to issue a warrant for DWI, and then was released. His court date is set for July 18.

Colleen Roberts, New Bern’s public information officer, released a statement that said Bettis was not on any official New Bern city business at the time of his arrest.

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