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Woman arrested with Derek Willis says someone else may have been driving

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – A woman in the vehicle with University of Kentucky basketball player Derek Willis when he was arrested early Saturday in Boone County told police a third person may have driven the two while they were intoxicated. 

Keely Potts, 21, was arrested sitting in the passenger seat while Willis was lying on the ground just outside the driver's door when police found them in the middle of the road on Mountain Laurel Way, near Rice Pike, in Union, Kentucky, just before 4:30 a.m. on Saturday. 

Potts, who has been described as Willis’ girlfriend in media reports, told a deputy one of her friends may have driven them to the home they were in front of, where they were found by police.

"I don’t know if (Willis) drove or not," Potts said, according to a video from the cruiser of a Boone County Sheriff's Deputy. Potts said another woman was with them and they were parked on the curb outside her home. 

"I guess I will know when I talk to her," Potts said to the deputy. 

The deputy asked for the woman's name, which Potts provided. WDRB is not naming the woman because there is no mention of her in police reports.She did not return a phone message seeking comment. 

Potts told the deputy the couple was "sleeping in the car."

"We were just drunk," she said from the back of the cruiser. "You caught us at the wrong time."

Both Potts and Willis were arrested on a misdemeanor charge of alcohol intoxication in a public place.

Some have questioned why Willis was not charged with driving under the influence.

According to the arrest report, Willis was so intoxicated he was unconscious and an officer had to wake him up. He allegedly told authorities he'd had "a lot" to drink, and had no idea where he was, beyond being in "northern Kentucky."

A police dash cam video showed Willis lying in street, police waking him up and handcuffing him, then walking him to a police cruiser. He then half-sat, half-laid in the back seat, either sleeping or passed out. He was in a different cruiser than Potts. At one point, a deputy asked Willis if he was OK, and he answered that he was.

Potts asked a deputy if Willis was getting in trouble and if there would be any publicity of the arrest. The deputy told her alcohol intoxication is just a "violation, like a speeding ticket."

"What were you all doing tonight, drinking at Chico’s?" the deputy asked during the ride to jail.

Drinking at “an awful bar” Potts responded. "We’re really good kids, I swear."

Potts asked again whether anyone would see their mugshots. The deputy told her he didn't see why anyone would see them. 

Major Tom Scheben, a spokesperson for the Boone County Sheriff's Department, said in an email that Willis was not charged with DUI because he was "lying in the street, thus no evidence whatsoever he was driving."

The two will be arraigned on June 24.

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