Man faces felony after police say he offered bribe to deputy

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A Lexington man is facing several years in prison after he reportedly offered money to Hardin County Sheriff’s Office deputy Ben Gudgel.

The deputy reported the bribe was offered Thursday night as Cory Castle, 37, was being taken to the Hardin County Detention Center following a DUI crash.

Castle was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants after he was in a single-vehicle accident around 7:45 p.m. as he entered eastbound Blue Grass Parkway. When the deputy arrived, he found Castle sitting on a guardrail being attended to by a nurse, who had stopped after seeing the accident, according to an arrest citation.

Castle had minor injuries and didn’t require being taken to Baptist Hospital Hardin, according to the citation.

Castle said he lost control of his 2020 Cadillac CT5 and slammed head-on into a guardrail.

The deputy smelled alcohol on Castle and when he asked Castle if he had been drinking Thursday, he said no. He did take a breathalyser test and had a .254 result – the legal limit in Kentucky is .08. Castle then refused the a field sobriety test and argued with the deputy, the citation said.

The deputy found two empty Vodka bottles in the backseat of the Cadillac, along with a full one.

While en route to the jail he pleaded with the deputy not to take him to jail and “stated that he would give me money,” the deputy wrote in the citation. No amount of money was given and he told the deputy to just drop him off at a gas station and he would get a ride home.

Castle is charged with bribery of a public servant, a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted, and first offense driving under the influence of intoxicants.

He was booked into the jail on a partially secured $5,000 bond. He has since been released.

Castle is scheduled to appear March 1 in Hardin District Court.

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