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New Bern Mayor Facing Child Abuse Charges In DWI Arrest

10:35 AM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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NEW BERN, N.C. -- The mayor of New Bern is now facing child abuse charges in connection with his DWI arrest in May.

A report from WNCT says Mayor Lee Bettis is charged with two counts of Misdemeanor Child Abuse.

Bettis was indicted by a grand jury last week for the DWI charges. 

His two step-children, 9 and 13 years old, were in the car with him during his arrest, according to the report. A test revealed Bettis had Xanax in his system at the time.

Bettis' former lawyer told WNCT the case will go straight to a superior court, which he said is unusual in a misdemeanor case because superior court is usually for felonies.

Bettis is scheduled to appear in court September 17 for the child abuse charges and October 3 for the DWI arrest.

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