DUI suspect accused of offering Louisville Metro Corrections employee $50,000 to let him go
Shively Police say a man suspected of driving under the influence went so far as to offer police officers money -- and threaten to kill them -- in an attempt to avoid arrest.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shively Police say a man suspected of driving under the influence went so far as to offer police officers money -- and threaten to kill them -- in an attempt to avoid arrest.
According to an arrest report, officers' encounter with 34-year-old Richard Badie began just after 3:30 a.m. on Thursday. Police say they Badie was driving a black Chevy Tahoe on eastbound I-264, just west of Dixie Highway, when he passed officers at a high rate of speed and almost hit a wall.
When officers stopped him, they noticed he smelled strongly of alcohol and marijuana, and had "slow, slurred speech and red eyes," according to the arrest report. Police say he gave them a valid driver's license, but had no proof of insurance.
When he got out, he allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana an hour earlier. Police say he then became "argumentative," started "interrupting instructions" and began "making fun" of one of the officers.
While in the police vehicle after his arrest, Badie allegedly said he had $500 for each officer who would be willing to let him go. But police say his tone quickly changed, and he began threatening one of the officers -- even going as far as threatening to harm the officer's daughter.
According to the arrest report, Badie then spontaneously admitted to "popping pills" without being questioned.
While being booked at Louisville Metro Corrections, police say Badie offered his largest bribe yet, telling a corrections employee that he would give him $50,000 if he could set him loose. Badie then allegedly reversed course and threatened to kill him and his family, also threatening to "blow [an] officer's brains out," according to the arrest report.
Badie has been charged with three counts of bribery of a public servant, two counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, one count of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and one count of reckless driving.
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