A North Carolina dressage trainer is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. The warrant states Leslie Bean, of Zebulon, is accused of assaulting her husband with a vehicle.
Bean, the owner of August Dressage, was arrested by the Wake County Sheriff’s office on July 26th. She was released the next day on $20,000 secured bond. Bean is scheduled to be back in court on September 11th. Authorities say the investigation is on-going.
Bean’s husband has undergone two surgeries on his foot since the alleged incident.
Bean advertises “creating international stars one day at a time”. What clients may not know is that she does not have a valid driver’s license to haul their horses, according to the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Bean, who has also gone by the name Leslie Newman as recently as 2013, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated (DWI) in February 2014. She violated her probation by not completing her sentencing guidelines, as reported by the Wake County Clerk of the Court’s office.
Multiple sources close to Bean tell us she hauls clients’ horses and at least one minor student to horse shows regularly, including across state lines, despite not having a driver’s license.
We sought a comment from Bean’s defense attorney Damon Chetson, of Raleigh, on Friday regarding the allegations. He did not provide one before we published.
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