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April 15, 2014 | 03:10 PM
BLOOMFIELD ­— On March 30, a man who police arrested for fourth-offense drunken driving is accused of attempting to offer the arresting officer $1,000 to not report the arrest.

Leonard D. Davidson’s vehicle was stopped on Pell Lake Drive for speeding.

The 39-year-old Twin Lakes man was arrested for a misdemeanor charge of fourth-offense drunken driving. He was also cited with ordinance violations for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and speeding.

Police referred to the Walworth County District Attorney’s office a misdemeanor charge of bribery of a public official. As of press time, prosecutors have only formally filed the fourth-offense drunken driving charge.

According to police reports:

Bloomfield Police Officer Aaron Henson saw a Pontiac Sunfire travel east on Pell Lake Drive at a high-rate of speed. The officer clocked the vehicle at 39 mph, 14 mph over the posted speed limit.

The officer followed the vehicle onto the eastbound ramp for Highway 12. The officer saw the vehicle drive over the white line while merging onto Highway 12.

The officer stopped the vehicle and approached the driver, who was identified as Davidson. When Henson was speaking with Davidson, Henson could smell a strong odor of intoxicants in the vehicle. He also saw that Davidson’s eyes were blood shot, red and glassy.

Henson reports that Davidson’s voice was slurred. Davidson told Henson that he was returning from a Pell Lake tavern where he had a few beers.

Davidson told the officer he can’t drive over a 0.02 blood alcohol level, and that he was probably over his legal limit. The legal limit for most drivers is 0.08, but it decrease to 0.02 for multiple-time drunken driving offenders.

After Davidson exited his car, police searched him and found a small “one-hitter pipe,” which is a pipe used to smoke marijuana.

Police then performed field sobriety tests on Davidson, and eventually arrested him for operating while intoxicated. Davidson has three prior operating while intoxicated convictions for offenses that occurred on March 18, 2000, Nov. 11, 2001 and Oct. 6, 2005. Henson then drove Davidson to Aurora Lakeland Medical Center for a blood draw

At the hospital, Davidson asked Henson if Henson could let him go without filing any charges.

Davidson also asked Henson if Davidson’s arrest was in the county’s system.

Davidson implied to Henson that he could give the officer $1,000 to let him go. Davidson then said “it could be a good night for both of us.”

Henson told Davidson it was illegal to attempt to bribe a police officer, and Henson asked Davidson not to attempt to bribe him again.

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