‘I’ll f*cking raise all kinds of money’: Oklahoma councilman caught offering bribe to avoid DUI arrest
An Oklahoma city councilman was caught on video trying to bribe his way out of a drunken driving arrest.
J.J. Vance was arrested early Wednesday after an Anadarko police officer saw him swerve and then run a red light, reported KFOR-TV.
He admitted to the officer that he had been drinking, but body camera video shows Vance apparently attempting to use his elected office to avoid arrest.
“City council,” Vance blurts out, and the officer asks what he means. “Nothing — I’m on city council.”
The officer then conducted a field sobriety test, and police said Vance’s blood-alcohol content was 0.18, which is above the legal limit.
Vance was taken into custody, and video shows him offering bribes to police at the station.
“All I can tell you all is you all just be as nice as you can to me, because I am on the city council,” Vance tells officers.
He then offered to pay up to $800 in fines or give up his pickup truck, and then he promised to raise money for the department.
“If you all can just fine me and let me go home, I will f*cking raise all kinds of money for your ass,” Vance said. “I’ve been raising all kinds of money from the police department, for the police department. For the dogs. I f*cking raised like $1,000 for the f*cking dogs. I’m not bullsh*tting, I did do that.”
Police told Vance they don’t make deals, and told him “that’s not how this works.”
Anadarko Mayor Kyle Eastwood said, if the allegations are accurate, Vance should be prosecuted and then held accountable at the ballot box.
The incident remains under investigation.