REIDSVILLE, N.C. — A Reidsville man contending for a seat on the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners faces a drug charge after police reportedly found him unconscious in his vehicle with a crack pipe sitting in the center console.
Lt. S. C. Coates told GoDanRiver.com that Clark Charles “Chuck” Faint, 48, was found slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle outside Foster’s Grill on West Harrison Street on the morning of April 21.
A witness called police to the scene, where Coates said he arrived to find another officer already knocking on the window of Faint’s vehicle.
When Faint became alert and responded to the knocks, Coates said he was “incoherent” and “didn’t know where he was,” GoDanRiver reports.
Coates said officers called EMS to the scene because they initially believed Faint’s condition to be some type of medical issue.
While waiting, however, one of the officers noticed the center console was open, Coates said. A crack pipe was resting inside, Coates said.
Faint, who has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, reportedly told officers he didn’t know where the pipe came from.
The suspect has a court date slated for June 6, which the paper reports is nearly one month after the May 8 primary election when Faint’s name is expected to be on the Republican ballot for county commissioner.
GoDanRiver reports Faint has had a few prior run-ins with the law, including a simple possession of marijuana charge in 1988 and a simple assault charge in 1996. The assault charge was dropped, but Faint was arrested five years later in October for communicating threats.