CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Newly released bodycam footage shows the moments Cranston City Councilman Matthew Reilly was found unconscious in his car after allegedly smoking crack cocaine.
Reilly, 41, was arrested Monday morning after a responding officer discovered him passed out in the driver’s seat of his car with a glass pipe and lighter in his hand.
The video shows the officer shaking Reilly, a Republican who represents Ward 6, awake before searching him and his vehicle.
“You were literally choking in your sleep,” the officer said. “Somebody literally sprinted and flagged me down because they thought you were choking.”
WATCH: Bodycam video of Reilly’s arrest (Story continues below.)
Though he appeared disoriented, Reilly was polite and cooperative as he was being questioned. He at first denied having drugs in his vehicle, but later admitted to buying $100 worth of crack the previous day.
“It was a relapse,” Reilly told the officer. “I’ve been clean for 13 years.”
“I just got back into this,” he added.
The officer ended up finding a “white, rock-like substance” in the center console, which later tested positive for crack cocaine and fentanyl.
The bodycam footage shows Reilly being evaluated by first responders before he was handcuffed and put in the back of a police cruiser.
Reilly was charged with possession of crack cocaine.
Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins announced Tuesday that Reilly resigned as chairman of the city’s Republican Party “…to focus on personal and health matters.”
“I hope he is able to find a path to recovery and the help that he needs,” Hopkins said.
Hopkins said he has been unable to reach Reilly since his arrest, but confirmed he is currently receiving treatment. The mayor is also urging him to resign from the city council immediately.
“I feel that is in the best interest of the city,” Hopkins said. “I also feel it is in his best interest.”
Reilly had not resigned from the city council as of Wednesday evening.