Dashcam video shows Kentucky player's public intoxication arrest

Dashcam video shows Kentucky player's public intoxication arrest
(Source: UK Athletics)
(Source: UK Athletics)

UNION, KY (FOX19) - Cruiser video from the Boone County Sheriff's Office shows the public intoxication arrest of Kentucky senior forward Derek Willis.

Watch the video of the arrest in the player above or at this link. 

Willis was found lying in the street and stated that he had "a lot" to drink when he was arrested in Union Saturday.

A deputy observed Willis lying outside the open driver's side door of a car and had to awaken him, according to an arrest citation obtained by the Associated Press. The citation adds that the deputy noticed a "strong odor" of alcohol coming from Willis and the car and said he had extremely slurred speech.

Willis was arrested for a first and second offense and later released after paying a $50 bond.

"If someone is outside of a car you really can't convict them of driving under the influence because in order to get a conviction for that you must show the person is in control of the vehicle," Cincinnati lawyer Mark Krumbien, who is nationally certified for DUI testing, said.

A second dashcam video shows a woman by the name of Keely Potts. Potts told Boone County Sheriff's deputies in the cruiser cam video that she is the girlfriend of Willis.

Potts told deputies that they were visiting a friend.

"We were waiting on her," Potts told the deputies. "(Willis) was probably dumb and opened the door."

A Kentucky athletics spokeswoman said the school is aware of the situation and gathering information and won't comment.

Willis saw action in 32 games and made 11 starts during the 2015-2016 season, where he averaged 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

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