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Published July 09, 2012, 03:24 PM

Mandan man accused of offering $3,000 bribe to trooper

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man is accused of offering a Highway Patrol trooper up to $3,000 to let him go after he was arrested for drunken driving.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota man is accused of offering a Highway Patrol trooper up to $3,000 to let him go after he was arrested for drunken driving.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that 27-year-old Matthew Hystad, of Mandan, is charged with Class C felony bribery. He has not been asked to enter a plea.

Authorities say Hystad was initially pulled over for driving 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. He was then arrested for driving under the influence.

Court documents show that Hystad first offered trooper Derek Arndt $2,000 to let him go and later upped the proposal to $3,000.

Hystad pleaded guilty Friday to drunken driving. He was sentenced to five days in jail.

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