Reidsville, NC - A candidate for Rockingham County commissioner has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police say they found Clark Charles "Chuck" Faint slumped over the wheel of his car outside a restaurant in Reidsville with a crack pipe in the center console.
In telling News 2 his side of the story, though, Faint recalls a slightly different story.
For starters, he says he was not slumped over. He says, he reclined the car seat and was napping on the head-rest.
According to him he fell asleep unexpectedly around 6:30 a.m. while waiting for Foster's Grill to open for breakfast.
Next thing he remembers, a police officer was tapping on his window asking what he was doing there.
"Next thing I know, they are taking me out of the car, searching me, telling me that they think there may be some problem with me. They called EMTs," Faint said.
The local business man says EMTs checked him out and told him his glucose level was OK but and there was no drug test performed.
He also accuses the responding police officers of searching him and his car without his permission.
"First of all they had no business bothering me because I had every right to be where I was," said Faint, who tells News 2 he is the manager of the property that houses the restaurant he was in front of.
"I don't want to accuse anybody of anything. For all I know, [police] put [the crack pipe] there. I don't even know. And that's just the flat-out truth."
Faint admits this is not his first run-in with the law. He was found guilty of possession of marijuana in 1988.
He also says he was charged in a simple assault case in 1996 which he and the defendant agreed to dismiss.
In spite of his new charges and his background, the political candidate says Rockingham County voters still trust him as an upstanding business man
"Everybody's makes mistakes in life. I've made a few but I'm not making any now," said Faint. "God is my witness; he knows I'm doing the right thing and I'm not stepping down for this erroneous false charge."
To add to his claim of innocence, Faint says he had just repossessed the car a week before the Saturday incident. He says he didn't have a chance to clean it out, so the crack pipe could have been in there before he got it back.
News 2 tried reaching the woman documents show Faint leased the car to but her number has been disconnected.
Faint will face a judge on June 6th, a month after the election primary. The county board of elections office says if he wins and is found guilty, the county will have to decide if he gets to keep his seat.
WFMY News 2