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Man accused of offering bribe after DWI stop

Posted February 24, 2009

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— A man charged with driving while impaired is also accused of trying to bribe the Raleigh police officer who arrested him.

The officer stopped Brian Patenaude when his vehicle swerved on Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh, according to court documents.

Patenaude admitted twice to being impaired and also offered the officer a $2,000 bribe, court documents stated.


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  • TeresaBee Feb 24, 2009

    My nephew was the LEO. He is so honorable. I am so proud of him as I have said numerous times on Golo. He proves my point daily.
    He is not sure why this made the news. He is humble too!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 24, 2009

    The guy has it wrong. Y

    ou don't bribe the policeman.

    Instead you pay your lawyer to bribe the DA and the Judge to reduce your sentence.

  • batcave Feb 24, 2009

    The guy shoulda realized this is Raleigh not New Orleans.

  • Common Sense Man Feb 24, 2009

    "Considering the amount of money (or lack there of) that police officers make, this officer should be commended."

    The officer shouldn't be commended for having morals, it's part of what being a police officer is all about. The thought of accepting a bribe would never cross my mind. Not because I might get caught, but because it's simply not right.

  • tnt4kps Feb 24, 2009

    Oh brother. The things people do under the influence. You just gotta roll your eyes and say "oh brother"....
    The Officer did great. He went by the rule "Do the right thing even if you think no one is looking"

  • EagleGlobeAnchor Feb 24, 2009

    I think it's funny so many of you think that cops are corrupt and that they'll take anything that comes their way. I also think its funny that so many of you think the cops are just out to get everyone. Another thing that sparked a laugh was that apparently you seem to think that because law enforcement arent paid as high as they should be that it's just AMAZING that a cop could turn down such an offer...I can tell you one thing, a law enforcement officer isnt going to throw away their entire career to make a risk of accepting a bribe.. and if they do then obviously law enforcement wasnt their dream job and they shouldnt be doing it anyways... Cops make decent amount of money where they can be comfortable, $2000 isnt going to make any difference and it surely wont be worth their career and repuatation to accept a bribe.
    You know, they're working people just like you and me..I dont see you out on a dark road in the middle of the night or running towards the danger as everyone runs away

  • Justin T. Feb 24, 2009

    Phil, you've figured out his state of mind. After that first DWI he knew $2,000 is a bargain. I've heard it is up to $8,000 to "get out of it" these days.

    Ouch! Just stay home and drink.

  • Phil in Wilson Feb 24, 2009

    Looks like they also got him for DWI last June! One is bad....Two is Real Trouble!!!

  • Blueboxinggloves Feb 24, 2009

    Maybe Brian Patenaude wasn't considering the money to be a bribe but rather economic stimulus funds.

  • familyfour Feb 24, 2009

    NCworkingwoman...my thoughts EXACTLY!

    He's pouting in his mugshot :)

    Cudos to the cop.....now, if only we can get our politicians to behave this way.