News and Tribune

January 27, 2010

Police: Ex-NFL player arrested for dealing cocaine in Clarksville

Chris Terry, a nine-year vet, allegedly had handgun without permit, resisted police

By MATT THACKER

CLARKSVILLE — A former National Football League player was one of three people arrested Wednesday morning on felony drug charges in Clarksville.

Chris Terry, 34, of Jacksonville, Fla., was booked into jail on charges of class A felony dealing cocaine and class C felony possession of cocaine along with charges of operating while intoxicated by refusal, resisting law enforcement, possession of a handgun without a permit and driving with a suspended license.

David R. Colbath, 30, of Jeffersonville, and April Owens, 29, of Clarksville, also were in the vehicle and were arrested, according to Clarksville Police Department Maj. Dale Abell.

Colbath and Owens face preliminary charges of dealing in cocaine, possession of cocaine and public intoxication.

Clarksville Police Department Maj. Dale Abell said the arrests were made after a traffic stop at the ramp of Veterans Parkway onto East U.S. 31. The arrests were made at 7:16 a.m.

Maj. Chuck Adams, of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, said Terry was booked into jail early Wednesday morning and is being held without bond out of Clark County Superior Court No. 2.

“The police reported indicated [Terry] was observed driving erratically,” Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull said.

Mull said, according to the police report, a small amount of cocaine was found in a cupholder next to Terry. He also had a handgun directly under his seat that had six rounds in a magazine. He had no gun permit.

Mull said police officers alleged Terry refused to obey verbal commands and “stiffened up” when officer attempted to handcuff him.

A larger amount of cocaine was found on the ground next to Colbath. Mull said Colbath had more than $1,200 in his possession, while Terry and Owens had a little more than $100.

Mull said it is possible that not all of the occupants in the vehicle will be officially charged with dealing in cocaine.

Terry, a 6-foot, 5-inch, 295-pound offensive tackle, last played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2007.

According to his www.nfl.com profile, Terry was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played four seasons for the Panthers, three seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and two seasons for the Chiefs after attending University of Georgia.

According to media reports, Terry was cut by the Chiefs in December 2007 for not attending team meetings. He was then suspended by the NFL for the entire 2008 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He had previously been suspended in 2003 for violating the substance abuse policy and for a domestic dispute with his wife.

Terry played in 100 career games, 88 as a starter.