OPD: Intoxicated man tried to bribe cop

Odessa police reported arresting a 34-year-old man on accusations that he attempted to bribe an officer who had arrested him on a misdemeanor public intoxication charge at a bar.

Police reported arresting an intoxicated John Stephen Bedgood early Monday morning, after they were called to Basin Nights, 2113 Kermit Highway, about a disturbance. A police officer reported that while he was taking Bedgood to jail, he repeatedly offered to give the officer $700 to take him home.

“The OPD officer advised Bedgood that he would be charged with bribery if he did not stop bribing him,” police said in a news release. “However, Bedgood continued to bribe the officer on multiple occasions by offering him $700.”

Police then reported filing the additional bribery charge, a second-degree felony.

Bedgood, of Heflin, Louisiana, was released Monday from the Ector County Detention Center on $25,000 bond.