Reidsville, NC-- A Reidsville man who was facing charges in a drug case is no longer a suspect.
That's because this week the Rockingham County District Attorney's Office drop the charges in the case against Clark Charles Faint.
At the time of his arrest, Faint was a candidate in the Rockingham County Commissioners race.
Today, according to a news release from the Reidsville Police Department, the officer assigned to the case lost the crack pipe evidence after a scheduled hearing on June 6. The case was postponed by the Judge.
Reidsville Police said an internal investigation revealed that the officer did not follow procedure when he check out the evidence. Police didn't name the officer, but did say he resigned while the investigation into the missing evidence was being conducted.
Shortly after he was charged in April, Faint agreed to an interview with WFMY News 2's Faith Abubey to tell his side of the story. .
Police told WFMY 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 recalled a slightly different story.
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For starters, he said he was not slumped over. He said 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 the business 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 officer charged Faint with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor. That charge has now been dismissed.
Reidsville Police Dept/WFMY News 2