Deputy says woman tried to bribe him
August 3, 2010
A Salt Lake County woman who is accused of trying to bribe a deputy to release her after she was arrested in Park City on Feb. 14 missed her scheduled court appearance on Monday.
A $25,000 warrant was issued this week for 22-year-old Chelsea Ann Laroe.
Laroe is charged with a second-degree felony after she offered $4,000 to Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputy Chad Hoffmeyer, according to court documents. Laroe had been taken into custody because she had three outstanding warrants for her arrest.
"On the way to the jail, [Laroe] asked [Hoffmeyer] to stop his truck and offered to pay him $500 to let her out," court papers filed by prosecutors state. "When [Hoffmeyer] told the defendant he was not going to let her go, the defendant increased her offer to [$1,000, $3,000 and $4000] to not take her to jail."
The conversation was recorded by [Hoffmeyer] with audio/video equipment inside his police cruiser, according to court papers.
"It is not frequent, but yes, on occasion we are offered monetary items to look the other way," said Detective Ron Bridge, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
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An officer who accepts a bribe could lose his or her law-enforcement certification.
"It is against the police officer code of conduct," Bridge said.
A court-appointed attorney is representing Laroe.