A Tellico Plains man was charged Saturday with bribery of a public servant after an Alcoa Police officer said he offered $1,000 in exchange for avoiding arrest.
Alcoa Police officers originally were called about Bradley Garrett, 34, at 3 a.m., when he appeared to be pumping gas at E-Z Stop, Airport Highway, while intoxicated, a report states.
Garrett admitted that he had been drinking, and the officer told him not to drive home. The officer then called Blount Taxi to pick him up and drive him home, which was only a mile away, Garrett told the officer.
With Garrett’s permission, the officer parked Garrett’s car in a parking spot beside the E-Z Stop. The officer then advised Garrett to sober up for least six hours before retrieving the vehicle.
Shortly after, the same officer saw a black Cadillac Escalade with illegal window tint driving down Wrights Ferry Road at Airport Highway. The officer ran the registration and found the vehicle belonged to Garrett.
The Escalade turned into the same E-Z Stop where Garrett had been reprimanded earlier in the evening. The officer pulled the car over and found the driver to be Garrett. The officer asked Garrett to step out of the car and then searched him. Garrett waived his Miranda rights and consented to a field sobriety test, which he passed.
At the time of the traffic stop, the officer did not believe that he was too intoxicated to drive, the report states. However, while being questioned, Garrett repeatedly offered the officer money in exchange for not arresting him.
“Man, don’t do this. I will give you $1,000,” Garrett said, the report states.
Garrett also told the officer that he had a 15 year-old child unattended at home, but that the child could take care of himself until Garrett’s girlfriend arrived to be with the child.
Garrett was being held in lieu of a $5,000 bond pending a 9 a.m. hearing Oct. 10 in Blount County General Sessions Court.