PD: Man offers bribe to Wickenburg officer after criminal damage arrest

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 16:55:44-04

WICKENBURG, AZ — A Canadian man allegedly offered $50,000 as a bribe to a Wickenburg officer taking him to jail, according to court paperwork.

Wickenburg police report that on March 19, they responded to a reported assault at the La Cabana Saloon.

The bartender reportedly told police that Ryan Stuart Geddes, 43, was asked to leave the bar after making "crude" and "sexually explicit" comments. Before leaving the saloon, Geddes allegedly slapped a customer.

Geddes left the bar and was walking toward a motel when police reportedly found "broken and destroyed property" along his path.

At the motel, Geddes was seen breaking the side mirror of a vehicle. When an officer told Geddes he was under arrest, he allegedly yelled, "Nope!" and ran away.

Police later captured and arrested him.

Enroute to jail, Geddes allegedly offered the transporting officer $20,000 to release him. When the officer refused, he increased the offer to $50,000.

Geddes has been charged with criminal damage, resisting arrest, and bribery of a public servant.