A Wrightsville man’s attempt to bribe his way out of a DUI arrest ended up costing him more than the grand he offered the cop.
Joseph A. Stickler pleaded no contest in October to bribery and guilty to driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to Wrightsville Borough Police reports, Officer Michael Carpenter spotted a red Chevy pickup going over 100 mph eastbound on Hellam Street in rain and sleet around 2 a.m. on March 19.
Carpenter followed the truck until it stopped in the 400 block of North Front Street. The officer reported the driver, Stickler, was unsteady and appeared under the influence.
Carpenter found a marijuana pipe in Stickler’s sweatshirt and took the 28-year-old to Memorial Hospital for a blood test.
The officer reported that as he prepared to take Stickler to Central Booking, Stickler offered him $1,000 cash to forget the whole thing and drive him home. Carpenter reported Stickler had $1,651 on him at the time.
Monday, Stickler was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in York County Prison and fined $1,700.
His blood test showed he had marijuana in his system and his alcohol level at the time of his arrest was reported to be .227 percent.
And that is probably the reason for the no contest plea.
The judge also ordered him to have a drug and alcohol evaluation.