Knightdale councilman facing legal problems

Terry Gleason

April 18, 2012 2:14:55 PM PDT
A 911 call sheds new light on what happened March 27 when Knightdale Town Councilor Terry Gleason was arrested following a domestic dispute with his roommate.

"They're fighting outside in front of my car. Oh, he's trying to choke him," a female caller tells an emergency phone operator.

According to records, the argument at the house actually began in a car on Smithfield Road. Gleason and the roommate - 43-year old Matthew Wills - were riding together and Gleason told police he grabbed the wheel of the car - jerking it off the road and causing an accident. The men allegedly left the wreck and walked home.

When Knightdale police arrived, the night got worse for Gleason.

"During the course of the investigation, the officers observed marijuana in plain view in the apartment," explained Sgt Lawrence Capps with the Knighdale Police Department.

Gleason wasn't home Tuesday for comment and didn't return our phone calls, but he's said that the drugs were not his. He told officers the small amount of marijuana belonged to Wills.

But because both Gleason and Wills are on the deed for the property, police said they're both technically responsible for the content. They were both charged with possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The men were also charged with failure to report the accident. Wills was also charged with one misdemeanor charge of assault and one misdemeanor count of assault and battery.

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