Report: Fuller Offered $5,000 to Cop
CLEVELAND (AP) _ Cleveland Browns defensive back Corey Fuller offered a police officer $5,000 to let him go after he was arrested early Sunday for blocking traffic downtown, according to a police report.
Fuller shrugged off the report at the Browns’ training camp Monday, saying, ``Come on, get real. What was I going to do, write him a check? I don’t carry that kind of money.″
Fuller was charged with impeding the flow of traffic and obstructing official business following a preseason game against Green Bay. Fuller reportedly stopped his car at a crowded intersection having missed the entrance to the Flats, a downtown entertainment district.
Fuller asked police to let him cross the intersection and refused to move his car when asked to do so, the police report says. Police gave Fuller several chances to move his car and then arrested him, the report says.
After Fuller’s arrest, he twice offered to pay the officers $5,000 if they would release him, arresting officer Ricardo Bayness wrote in the report.
Police spokesman Lt. Sharon MacKay said the city prosecutor has referred that report back to the police for additional investigation, and that the police department’s intelligence unit is looking into it.
The intelligence unit deals with terrorism and public corruption cases, MacKay said.
``They will conduct the investigation and they will present their findings to the prosecutor,″ she said. It will then be up to the prosecutor to determine whether any additional charges are warranted.
The traffic violation that Fuller stands charged with is a misdemeanor carrying a fine of up to $100. Obstructing official business is a second-degree misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of $750 and 90 days in jail, MacKay said.
Fuller told reporters, ``All I was trying to do was to get to the part of the Flats where my family was at. They (police) was sending me a different way than I usually go. I had never been that way.″
Fuller led the Browns with three interceptions and 13 passes defended last season.