Kentucky men’s basketball senior forward Derek Willis was arrested in Kentucky on a public intoxication charge early Saturday morning.
More details were revealed on Monday, including a description from the police report that the arresting officer found Willis on the ground outside of a vehicle.
From the The Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale:
According to the arrest citation provided by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, a deputy was dispatched to Mountain Laurel Way in Union, Ky., because of a possible drunk subject “laying in the middle of the street.” The deputy arrived to find Willis on the ground outside the open driver’s side door of a vehicle and reported a “strong odor of associated with alcohol” coming from the inside of the vehicle and Willis.
The deputy reported Willis said he had “a lot“ to drink and could not advise where he was other to say in “northern Kentucky” after being woken up. The citation reports Willis had extremely slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and “was a danger to himself and others.”
Willis, who turns 21 on June 21, was booked at 4:57 a.m. on Saturday and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place (first or second offense), according to the report. The 6-foot-9 forward spent eight hours in jail and was released after posting a $50 bail.
The senior averaged 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 32 games for the Wildcats last season. The Kentucky program has not made a public statement on Willis’ arrest.