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Truck driver charged with bribing Grand Forks police officer

Demetria Clayton

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KVRR-KFGO) – An Alabama woman arrested for drunk driving also faces bribery charges after she allegedly offered to pay a Grand Forks police officer if he let her go.

According to court documents, an officer arrested 34-year-old Demetria Clayton of Birmingham, Alabama, after receiving a report of a possible drunk driver in downtown Grand Forks.

The officer said he smelled alcohol on Clayton. Clayton admitted to drinking, had bloodshot and watery eyes, and failed a field sobriety test.

After being arrested, Clayton asked the officer if they could talk off camera. She then allegedly asked if the officer was willing to negotiate.

When the officer asked Clayton if she was offering him money to let her go, she offered him $1,000. The officer asked Clayton to explain that she was offering him money not to make an arrest and let her go, to which she replied, “yes.”

When the officer told Clayton he couldn’t accept her offer, Clayton offered him up to $3,000.

According to court records, Clayton said she didn’t want to lose her license or have an arrest on her record. She told the officer, “I can drive and get this back, and you’ve got $3,000 in your pocket.”

The officer again explained that he could not accept the offer and then asked Clayton to take a breathalyzer test, which she refused.

Clayton was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, refusing a blood alcohol test and bribery.