New Bern mayor charged with DWI in Havelock

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

Bettis, contacted Monday afternoon, said the Havelock officer told him he was arrested because he was unable to complete a field sobriety test and because he was “acting funny.”

Bettis and his family were staying at a rental house in Morehead City and spent the weekend moving furniture and preparing for closing on a house they are purchasing in New Bern. Bettis said he woke up about 7 a.m. Monday, an hour late. He said he offered to drive their two children to school in New Bern when his wife said she was too tired.

Bettis said that after rushing to get ready, his wife said he also looked too tired to drive and suggested that her father, who was staying with them, drive the children to school.

Bettis, who is a practicing attorney, said he had to get to work anyway and insisted on driving.

Bettis said he swerved off the highway one time near Havelock and was stopped a short time later by a Havelock police officer.

The officer asked Bettis to perform heel-to-toe and balance sobriety tests. Bettis said he advised the officer that he was unable to keep his balance because of hip replacement surgery he underwent in November. An ambulance arrived, and a breath test came back negative for alcohol.

He was placed under arrest for failing to complete the field sobriety tests and because of his behavior.

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