New Bern mayor charged with DWI in Havelock

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

“If you know me, you know I’m always acting funny,” Bettis said Monday afternoon at his law office. “I was too tired to drive this morning. I should have let her (his wife’s) dad drive the kids.”

Bettis said he expects his blood test also will come back clean, and that he will be able to enter a prayer for judgment on the remaining traffic charges, but in the meantime he will be dealing with the repercussions of a DWI arrest.

Alderman Sabrina Bengel, New Bern mayor pro-tem, said City Manager Mike Epperson sent an email to each of the aldermen Monday morning saying: “Lee was involved in a possible arrest in Havelock,” but there were no details.

“It’s hard to comment on until we get more information,” Bengel said. “He will have his day in court like any other citizen. He will have to go through the process, like any U.S. citizen.”

According to a 911 call released by the city, one of the callers mentions the van is in front of her.

“I mean, this guy almost hit six people,” the caller says. “He is everywhere.”

The caller mentions she is staying well behind the car and watches as it runs off the road.

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