WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) - More details today regarding the DWI arrest of Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis over the weekend.
The Highway Patrol's DWI report shows Willis was originally pulled over by Navassa police for speeding and swerving, who then called in troopers to avoid any perceived internal-town problems. He blew a .09. The state limit is .08.
The report says Willis had a flask with what he claimed was brandy in it.
He also told troopers statements such as, "Those police officers that stopped me, they are wanna be cops, now they're going to be used to be," and, "You've got yourself into some deep politics," and, "I used to sign their paychecks." He also told troopers, "Those officers better hope I don't blow a .07."
Willis told a local newspaper today that he emphatically denied making those comments.
The SHP report says Willis had red glassy eyes, was unsteady on his feet when getting out of his truck and had to hold onto the truck to keep his balance. He also had slow and slurred speech.
When troopers asked Willis where he was going, he said, "Circling the block. I should have kept my ass home."
He also told them he had had three drinks then said, "I didn't mean that."
Once at the jail, he told troopers he was calling a witness, then stated, "I'm just calling a person to pick me up." The report says he called his wife. Willis also reportedly said, "I'm worried about the wife and the trouble I'm in with her, not about the DWI."