Danny Glover (Jones County mug shot)
Macon-Bibb County commission candidate Danny Glover tells 13WMAZ that he was arrested on a charge of marijuana possession in Jones County in January.
Glover said he'll remain a candidate for the District 3 commission seat in the new consolidated government.
While saying "I made a mistake, I made a bad decision," Glover vowed to fight the charge in court. He said marijuana and drug paraphernalia found in his car were not his.
13WMAZ asked for and received the Sheriff's incident report Friday morning while checking out an unconfirmed tip about the arrest. We then called Glover, who confirmed it and agreed to a sit-down interview in the afternoon.
Glover said his District 3 opponent, Councilwoman Elaine Lucas, spread word of the arrest almost three months after it happened.
Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece told 13WMAZ that Lucas requested a copy of the arrest report two weeks ago.
But Lucas denied giving the story to news reporters. Talking with 13WMAZ on Friday, she questioned how Glover could blame her for anything related to it.
"How does somebody who has a drug charge against them try to blame it on somebody else?" Lucas said.
But Glover also said "I thank her."
"For the first time in my life, I'm going to be forced to face this decision and live with it."
"I think I'm going to become a better man for it."
The incident report from the sheriff's office says Glover was arrested Jan. 23 at the Griswoldville Industrial Park, off Highway 57.
Glover announced his candidacy on Feb. 18.
He is charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, a misdemeanor offense that wouldn't preclude him running for public office.
According to the report, an officer saw Glover's Ford Fiesta parked in a cul-de-sac in the industrial park around 10:30 p.m. He reportedly found the 25-year-old Glover and another man asleep in the car.
Glover said they were driving to Sparta after having "some drinks downtown" when he realized he could not drive safely. He said they pulled into the industrial park to rest.
The officer said his K-9 alerted him after sniffing through the open window of the driver's-side door.
The officer said he searched the car and found a "marijuana grinder," "multiple baggies with residue" under the seat and a "smoke blunt with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana."
The incident report said "Mr. Glover took responsibility for the marijuana."
But in the interview with 13WMAZ on Friday, Glover said he didn't know the items were in his car when he gave the deputy permission to search the vehicle. Glover said he often lends his car to people who need it and that may be how the items ended up in his car.
Glover told us he has not dealt drugs. He said he tried marijuana "for the first time" when he was a senior in college. He said he has not used marijuana recently.
Both Glover and 24-year-old Darrion Garrett were arrested and taken to the Jones County jail. Garrett was turned over to the Bibb County sheriff's office on an outstanding warrant for criminal trespass and simple battery. The sheriff's office says he was released on $1,300 bond.
Glover called Garrett a close friend. He said Garrett was in town visiting him when the incident happened.
Glover's case is scheduled for court on April 23.