Former council member faces assault charge

Staff WriterFebruary 17, 2006 

John Best is facing an assault charge in Durham.

John Best, the former City Council member who was jailed two days more than a year ago for failing to pay alimony and child support to a former wife, was behind bars again this week.

Police charged Best early Thursday morning with assault on a female and injury to personal property.

His current wife, Kimberly Ann Best, complained to police that her husband, from whom she is estranged, showed up at her house at 2 a.m. Monday and damaged her car.

A warrant was issued on Tuesday for that incident and on Wednesday police arrested Best, according to court papers.

About 2 a.m. Thursday, Best again went to the home of his estranged wife, according to court documents.

It was during that visit, Kimberly Ann Best told police, that Best assaulted her and a friend.

Kimberly Ann Best obtained an emergency restraining order from a judge Thursday after telling court officials that her husband is an alcoholic who needs help.

She told court officials that Best drives by her house routinely in the early morning hours after consuming alcohol.

"When he gets drunk, he constantly comes by my home, banging on windows/doors," Kimberly Ann Best wrote in her complaint seeking the protective order. "For the most part I have tried to ignore him, although he has crossed the line on two occasions this week."

In her protective order request, Best asked that a judge order her estranged husband to an alcohol and substance abuse treatment program.

"I have been trying to avoid press coverage and our personal lives being everyone's business," Kimberly Ann Best wrote in her complaint seeking the order.

John Best, who failed to win re-election in the fall, now lives at 11300 Felicia Place, Apartment 100, Raleigh, according to court records.

Staff writer Anne Blythe can be reached at 932-8741 or ablythe@newsoberver.com.

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