Police: DUI man tried to bribe, threaten W. Manheim officer
A Hanover man pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving claimed to be an outlaw biker and threatened the officer who pulled him over, according to police.
But when that didn't work, he tried to bribe the officer instead, according to West Manheim Township Police Chief Tim Hippensteel.
"I'm thinking perhaps his level of intoxication impeded his better judgment," the chief said.
Guy Phillip Howard, 49, of Blossom Drive, will be charged with bribery, DUI, driving without a license and driving with open containers of alcohol, according to online court records. He has not yet been arraigned on the charges and also has a listed address in Thurmont, Md., records state.
West Manheim Officer Randy Wagner pulled over Howard about 12:40 a.m. March 26 in the 1800 block of Baltimore Pike and had him perform field sobriety tests, police said. The officer then determined Howard was driving impaired, according to police.
Biker gang? That's when an agitated Howard claimed to be a member of an "outlaw motorcycle gang" and threatened to "come after" officers if they didn't give him a break, or if any of his belongings "went missing," according to police.
"You don’t know who you’re f—ing with," he allegedly told Wagner.
"He said if any of his money was missing, he would come after us," Hippensteel said, then told the officer "that is a threat" — just in case police were unclear about his intentions.
The officer found an open container of Twisted Tea and an open bottle of Smirnoff Ice in the Mercedes Benz that Howard was driving, according to Hippensteel.
When Wagner was unfazed by the threats, Howard tried a different approach, according to police.
"He said, 'Keep a thousand, tow my car and just let me go with a break,'" Hippensteel said, but added that wasn't happening either.
Howard had $1,274 in his front right pants pocket when he was arrested, according to the chief.
A blood test later determined Howard's blood-alcohol level to be 0.229 percent, according to police. In Pennsylvania, an adult is driving drunk at 0.08 percent.
Howard could not be reached for comment. A phone number and exact street address for him couldn't be obtained Thursday, and it's unclear whether he's retained an attorney.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.