CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Cranston City Councilman Matthew Reilly was arrested Monday morning after he was reportedly caught smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine in his car.
Reilly, 41, was taken into custody Monday morning shortly after a passerby alerted an officer patrolling Pontiac Avenue that a man parked across the street appeared to be choking, according to a police report obtained by 12 News.
The officer walked over to the car to investigate and found the man, later identified as Reilly, in the driver’s seat with a glass pipe and a lighter in his hand.
The police report states that Reilly “…appeared to be sleeping or unconscious while having difficulty breathing,” and that the officer had to shake him awake.
Reilly appeared “disoriented” when he woke up, but reportedly told the officer he was fine and was just sleeping.
Concerned that Reilly may have overdosed, the officer requested first responders come and evaluate him. The police report said Reilly’s vitals were stable by the time first responders arrived, and he refused medical treatment.
But the officer found a “white, rock-like substance” in the center console of Reilly’s car, according to the police report, which later tested positive for cocaine and fentanyl.
The officer arrested Reilly and charged with one count of possession of crack cocaine. He was arraigned and released pending his next court date, which is scheduled for June 15.
Reilly, a Republican, represents Ward 6 and serves on the city’s safety services committee.
In a statement to 12 News, Council President Jessica Marino called the charge against Reilly “very concerning and disappointing.”
“However, at this time, this is a pending criminal charge and not a final determination of guilt,” Marino continued. “We must allow our judicial process to address this criminal charge and make the ultimate finding of innocence or guilt.”