Knightdale councilman faces drug charges

Police find marijuana, paraphernalia in his Knightdale home

amoody@newsobserver.comApril 3, 2012 


— A Knightdale town councilman and another man face drug and other charges after a dispute March 27 led to the search of their home.

Knightdale Public Safety Director Shawn Brown said police responded at 3:12 a.m. to the home of Councilman Terry Gleason and Matthew Wills at 1005 Gallows Way in Knightdale, after a friend of the two men called 911.

“We received a 911 call from a female friend that said that Matt was trying to kill Terry and that Matt was beating Terry up, and was choking him,” Brown said.

Wills, 43, was charged with one misdemeanor count of assault and one misdemeanor count of assault and battery.

Brown said Knightdale officers spotted drug paraphernalia in plain sight when they entered the residence to complete paperwork with Gleason, 60, and the female witness of the assault.

The officers obtained consent from Gleason to search the house. In the search, they found two grams of marijuana and additional drug paraphernalia.

“They are both on the deed for the residence, so they have constructive possession of anything in the house,” Brown said.

Gleason and Wills were later charged with possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The dispute between the housemates didn’t begin at their residence. Gleason and Wills were arguing about an hour before the 911 call.

That argument ended in a minor car wreck about 1:55 a.m. in the area of 1143 N. Smithfield Road, a vacant building near Knightdale Boulevard.

Brown said the men were fighting while Wills was driving a 2006 Kia owned by Gleason, and Gleason was in the passenger seat.

“Gleason admitted to grabbing the wheel of the vehicle, making (the car) turn suddenly to the right and jump the curb, and they drove into the landscaping area in front of the building,” Brown said.

The two left the scene and the vehicle behind, and they ultimately returned to their house where the alleged assault later took place. Knightdale police had Gleason’s vehicle towed upon arrival at the scene of the wreck.

Both men were charged with failure to report an accident, and Wills was charged with driving while his license was revoked. Gleason was also charged with careless and reckless driving.

Brown said once Gleason grabbed the wheel he technically became the driver of the vehicle, despite being in the passenger seat. Gleason didn’t return calls for comment on the incident.

Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen said he didn’t know enough about the incidents to comment on what effect they could have on Gleason’s position on the Town Council.

“I’m not going to speculate on things like that. We’re a long ways from talking about anything about that, so that’s an issue for Terry to deal with for now,” Killen said.

Gleason is scheduled for two court dates in late April.

Moody: 919-829-4806

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