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Navassa mayor charged with DWI, court date continue to February

Published: Dec. 9, 2011 at 10:09 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2011 at 10:18 PM EST
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Eulis Willis (Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Department)
Eulis Willis (Source: Brunswick County Sheriff's Department)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis was arrested and charged in July for driving while impaired.  He was in court Thursday where a judge continued his case until February.

Officers said they saw the mayor's truck speeding and cross over the center line on an S curve in the road several times. The Navassa Police chief said his officers called Highway Patrol to handle the incident when they learned Willis was driving the truck.

Troopers said Willis appeared to have red, glassy eyes and was unsteady on his feet when he was asked to get out of his truck.  They also said they could smell alcohol on his breath and found a flask of Brandy in the vehicle.

[Read the full DWI report (PDF)]

According to the DWI report, Willis admitted to having "maybe three" drinks at the party, but wrote beside the admission, "I didn't mean that."  Willis said he drinks once a month and that he should have stayed home.

The DWI report said Willis claimed to be sobering up while riding in the police car to jail.  "I guess this could sober up a lot of people," Willis reportedly said.

In 2008, the police chief in Navassa was charged with DWI and resigned a short time later.  At that time, Willis was quoted as saying, "I'm disappointed that this happened. I'm understanding too, we as humans make mistakes."

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