LUMBERTON — The speaker of the Lumbee Tribal Council has been accused of assault with a deadly weapon by a person who said he was attacked while distributing political material, and she has responded by accusing the man of trespassing on her property and saying she was “set up.”
Donald Locklear, of Maxton, in a nearly 1,000-word email to The Robesonian, said that he was nearly run off the road by Pearlean Revels after she chased him in her vehicle on U.S. 301 in St. Pauls on Saturday after seeing him leave political fliers on her vehicle.
According to Locklear, he was distributing election fliers in the St. Pauls area and stopped at a home across from Revels Insurance Agency. He said he placed a flier on a silver Chevrolet Impala and after leaving, noticed that someone was in the vehicle and following him.
Locklear said the car sped up and pulled alongside his van in the opposing traffic lane and the driver, whom he says he recognized as Revels, tried to run him off of the road as both vehicles were traveling at about 65 mph.
Locklear said that when he attempted to call 911, Revels pulled her vehicle off to the side of the road and he drove away.
Locklear filed a criminal summons at the Robeson County Courthouse on Saturday accusing Revels of assault with a deadly weapon, the weapon being the Impala. Later the same day Revels filed a summons accusing Locklear of trespassing.
The flier that Locklear was distributing included a copy of a Lewin International casino and gaming contract signed by Jimmy Goins, then chairman of the tribe. Above the contract it reads: “Lumbees, this is the casino/gaming contract engineered by Jimmy Goins, that has possibly destroyed our hopes for federal recognition in Washington!”
On the other side of the flier is an essay written by Sarah Campbell saying that the tribal government has been mishandled by former Chairman Goins, Councilman McDuffie Cummings, and Revels.
Revels, a staunch supporter of Goins for tribal chairman in an election that took place Tuesday, contends that the incident was politically motivated. As speaker of the Tribal Council, Revels has been outspoken for several months concerning what she and other council members feel have been deliberate efforts by Chairman Paul Brooks to not work with the council on issues related to governing the tribe.
Revels told a reporter for The Robesonian that Locklear knew she lived in the home where the Impala was parked and that she was “set up.” She also denied trying to run him off the road.
“I’m looking for my day in court,” she said.
Revels’ seat was not up for re-election in today’s election. Brooks won re-election Tuesday by a slim margin over Goins.