Jasper man jailed after bribery attempt
by James Phillips
Aug 25, 2012 | 5355 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Jasper man is being held in the Jefferson County Jail after reportedly attempting to bribe Jefferson County deputies Thursday afternoon.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop just before noon Thursday on a male driving a 1997 Ford Expedition on Flat Top Road in the western area of Jefferson County.

The 24-year-old driver, whose name is being withheld pending formal charges, had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a traffic violation and was arrested for that warrant, Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.

During an inventory of the vehicle, deputies reportedly found several pills containing oxycodone, hydromorphone and hydrocodone. Deputies also found $3,530 cash. Christian said the suspect offered to give the money to each of the two deputies if they would agree to not arrest him.

The deputies refused the suspect’s bribe and he was booked into the county jail with bonds totaling $152,000.

“Our guys care a great deal about character, integrity and their reputation,” Christian said. “Bad move by the bad guy. Nice work by the good guys.”

Christian said the suspect is expected to be charged with bribery, trafficking oxycodone, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a revoked license.

Christian said Friday afternoon that he did not have a timetable on when those charges would be finalized.