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Businessman facing DUI, bribe charges

Thursday, March 13, 2014 3:06 PM
Last updated Friday, March 14, 2014 1:54 AM
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The president of an Augusta business was arrested Sunday and again Wednesday after he tried to bribe his way out of a charge of driving under the influence, authorities said.

Osbon  Columbia County Jail photo
Columbia County Jail photo
Osbon


Michael Chivington Osbon, 44, of Winter Street, was charged with bribery, driving under the influence, speeding, failure to maintain lane and improper use of a cellphone.

Osbon is the president of Augusta Medical Services and the Julian W. Osbon Family Partnership. His father, Julian Osbon, was a well-known businessman and philanthropist who died in January.

According to a Georgia State Patrol incident report, the incident began just after midnight Saturday when a trooper was alerted about a reckless driver in a silver Mercedes-Benz headed east on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County traveling at more than 100 mph.

The trooper waited in the median just west of the Belair Road exit and saw a Mercedes pass at 91 mph, which he said was swerving into other lanes. The trooper pulled over the car at the Belair Road exit.

After a few minutes of looking through his wallet, the driver, identified as Osbon, provided his license; he smelled of alcohol, the trooper said.

Asked to get out of the car, Osbon was unsteady on his feet, according to the report. He failed several field sobriety tests and registered a 0.167 on a field blood alcohol sensor, according to the report. He refused an implied-consent request for a formal breath test.

After he was handcuffed, Osbon spent about 30 minutes offering money ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 in cashier’s checks or unmarked bills to avoid going to jail, according to the report. The report said Osbon’s comments included: “Thinking about how much I’d like to avoid problems. Yeah, 15 is a good number for me. I would never bribe anyone. That would be unacceptable. Especially if it were in cash,” and I don’t want to be in the Jail Report. That’s worth 30 cash.”

The entire conversation and actions at the scene were captured on video and audio recordings.

Osbon was taken to the Columbia County Detention Center, where he was booked on the traffic charges. He was released Sunday afternoon after posting a $4,400 bond, according to jailers.

After a Columbia County magistrate issued a felony bribery warrant, Osbon surrendered to authorities Wednesday. He was released from the jail Wednesday afternoon after posting a $5,100 bond, according to jailers.

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Butterman
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Butterman 03/14/14 - 09:48 am
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Cabal
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Hmmm, a member of the downtown Cabal caught trying to bribe a public officer... imagine that!

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 03/14/14 - 10:47 am
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Are you serious? What a non-sense charge

Are you serious? What a non-sense charge. If he was too impaired to drive legally (twice the legal limit and most certainly impaired) then how can you hold him accountable for his comments he made during the arrest? The very fact he mentioned the Jail Report shows you he wasn't serious or able to make proper decisions at the time.

RedQuinoa
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RedQuinoa 03/14/14 - 11:26 am
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Illustrative...

of the old adage, "ain't nothing good happens after 11:00 at night."

Sad.

Gardencity1
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Gardencity1 03/14/14 - 01:15 pm
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Very unfortunate

Bad choices made that could have been much worse. Thank goodness no one was injured given the speeds that were quoted. Justice is blind...if you do the crime you do the time.

Echoes86
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Echoes86 03/14/14 - 01:42 pm
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Brad

It's the same reason that cops can arrest someone for resisting arrest and a DUI if a person resists arrest while drunk.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/14/14 - 02:02 pm
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Brad makes a point that I

Brad makes a point that I hadn't thought of. This jack was slobbering drunk, so none of his blabberings could be taken seriously. It will be interesting to see if the DA and/or jury agrees.

Think about it; how many times have you seen a stumbling drunk talking nonsense?

RedQuinoa
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RedQuinoa 03/14/14 - 02:17 pm
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Otis Campbell

Heck, ol' Andy and Barney - in an effort to convince him that he needed to quit drinkin' - led Otis Campbell to believe that he was dead, and they were talking about him in the past tense... while he stood by in his cell, drunk. They almost pulled it off...

Oh, but wait a second; that's from a TV script. And this incident is real - not life imitating art - and someone as seemingly smart as Osbon had no business being behind the wheel of a potentially lethal weapon. Drunk or not, was aware of the consequences and now should face them to the maximum extent.

I can't understand how anyone commenting herein would feign to make him out as some kind of hapless "victim" in a matter such as this where he alone is responsible - and easily could've killed someone. (Thank goodness that didn't happen)

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/14/14 - 03:03 pm
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Who, pray tell, is excusing

Who, pray tell, is excusing his drunkeness and public endangerment?

ColCo
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ColCo 03/14/14 - 05:17 pm
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To know him...

is to not be surprised.

Butterman
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Butterman 03/14/14 - 06:02 pm
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Really Brad?
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How do you know the guy was slobbering drunk? He was apparently lucid enough to know how to bribe someone: with unmarked bills and cashiers checks. I think the audio and video will tell the whole story. Apparently authorities thought there was enough compelling evidence caught on audio/video to bring charges. He went on for 30 minutes about what he could offer to not be arrested. Again, we will have to see and hear what's on the video and audio before dismissing this as a BS charge. Bottom line is this guy was wreckless and he thought he was above the law and could buy his way out of it.

sand gnat
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sand gnat 03/15/14 - 11:49 pm
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fatboyhog

You must not be from Augusta, or you are new to the area. Don't you recall last summer when the Richmond Co. Investigator was arrested for DUI and wrecking his police car. He was then hired by Hephzibah Police where he again was DUI and wreck 2 of their cars in 1 day while driving like a fool around Athens. Also accused of shaking down citizens in Hephzibah vehicle stops for cash bribes. Short memory?

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