Man suspected of stealing car, offering bribe to police |

Man suspected of stealing car, offering bribe to police

Michael Kelley
courtesy/ Routt County Sheriff’s Office

— A 25-year-old California man has been accused of attempting to bribe Steamboat Springs Police Department officers.

About 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, officers were called to a report of a 20-year-old man who said his roommate, Michael Kelley, had stolen his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Officers learned Kelley had been at a residence in Dream Island Plaza. Police drove through and did not find the car, but they saw a car with lights on in a parking lot at nearby West Lincoln Park.

Police found the jeep with Kelley standing outside it, according to an affidavit filed in Routt County Court.

Kelley was ordered to the ground at gunpoint and taken into custody.

According to the affidavit, Kelley told police he “had a lot of money.” There were numerous bills in Kelley’s wallet.

“He then stated that he would give us $50 to drive (him) home,” the affidavit states. “He stated that he had $400 on him right then.”

Kelley denied stealing the Jeep and said he was using it with the owner’s permission to move property into a storage unit.

According to the affidavit, officers observed signs that Kelley was impaired. Kelley denied drinking.

Officers talked with Kelley’s roommate, who said Kelley had drunk a half pint to a pint of whiskey, the affidavit states.

At the jail, Kelley refused to take a breath test and admitted to being drunk, the affidavit states.

Kelley was arrested on suspicion of felony bribery, felony motor vehicle theft, DUI and driving without a license.

His bond was set at $1,000.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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