Dillon Mayor Pro-Tem In Car Wreck With Pedestrian

Posted on Aug 26, 2010
   Dillon's mayor pro-tem struck a pedestrian with his vehicle Tuesday afternooon, Dillon police said, and it is not his first brush with the law.

   Mayor Pro-Tem Rev. Randolph Gurley was driving down Beaufort St. in Dillon about 4:30 p.m. when the accident occurred. Police said the pedestrian, who was not immediately identified, did not appear to be seriously injured.

   In July, Gurley, who has represented District 2 on the city council for 25 years, was accused of assaulting his wife, Maggie, and arrested by State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents. Mrs. Gurley told police that Rev. Gurley put a hawk-bladed knife to her throat and threatened to burn down their home with her in it.

   She filed a second report the following day alleging that her husband was cursing and threatening her, and kicked her in the foot.

   A week later, the Gurleys denied the alleged assaults. They claimed they were instead having a heated discussion about the Bible, and that Mrs. Gurley only reported the incidents after she spoke with police on another matter. Gurley has said his wife didn't speak in complete sentences and that the reports are false.

   In May, a Dillon store owner says the councilman slammed a door on his foot, knocking items off the wall, in an argument near the Dillon City Manager's office.