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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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WillyWanker
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WillyWanker 03/13/14 - 03:21 pm
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Another example of a

Another example of a "business man's" mentality that everything and everyone has a price and can be bought.

Dseven
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Dseven 03/13/14 - 03:30 pm
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What???

So... Willy "Wanker", what r u trying to say exactly?

v4vendetta
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v4vendetta 03/13/14 - 03:52 pm
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Most people do

Prolly if there weren't surveillance video operational , cop would have taken the bait....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/13/14 - 03:53 pm
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Fire

Does this guy's business own the storefront and apartment building downtown that burned this winter?

Butterman
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Butterman 03/13/14 - 04:11 pm
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Where there's smoke there's fire
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Little Lamb, Yep this is the same Osbon who owns the downtown building that burned down under suspicious circumstances. The police might want to look harder into that. Hey maybe he can get off like David Fry did when he tried to bribe two Augusta commissioners by saying he suffers from bi-polar disorder?

triscuit
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triscuit 03/13/14 - 04:11 pm
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At this point, looks like the

At this point, looks like the Jail Report was a better deal...

Butterman
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Butterman 03/13/14 - 04:13 pm
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Triscuit
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Yeah I would think it would be a lot cheaper to just pay to have the photo taken out of the Jail Report than bribe a cop with $30,000

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/13/14 - 04:35 pm
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Audio-video

Awesome! It should be mandatory for every stop resulting in charges. A digital copy goes into the record along with your ticket. It protects both sides. I don't want good leo's falsely accused any more than I want the citizen mistreated.

burninater
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burninater 03/13/14 - 04:41 pm
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Estate tax poster child

There's a solid reason why Ayn Rand and many of the Founding Fathers believed character is built by working your way up, rather than following the Old Europe nobleman model of a child inheriting the wealth of another's efforts.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 03/13/14 - 05:10 pm
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Arson Investigation

Butterman, I don't believe the Augusta law enforcement authorities have the stomach to do a thorough arson investigation on Osbon's building; but surely the insurance company would do their own investigation before they pay out a claim.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/13/14 - 05:16 pm
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Wow...30 grand. A night in

Wow...30 grand. A night in jail ain't that bad. I spent a night in the Folly Beach jail and they put you in minicells where there was only a short half bunk. You had to sleep sitting up.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 03/13/14 - 05:20 pm
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Surprise

Burninater is a Ayn Rand fan. Who knew?? (:

belle
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belle 03/13/14 - 05:23 pm
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Your name says it all...
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To W. W. ...I take great offense to your suggestion that all businessmen are arrogant and feel they buy their way out of any situation. Despite what the news, politicians and unions would like you to think, there are still plenty of hardworking, honest men out there who would accept responsibility for their poor deeds and bad decisions. I can name 10 in this area immediately. More if you give me a minute. You have completely disrespected them all.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 03/13/14 - 05:26 pm
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Wonder what he'd take for the

Wonder what he'd take for the Mercedes? He's not going to have much use for it for a while......unless the judge takes a bribe.

Butterman
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Butterman 03/13/14 - 05:44 pm
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Depends
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on the judge

corgimom
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corgimom 03/13/14 - 06:03 pm
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He was very, very lucky- he

He was very, very lucky- he didn't kill anybody, including himself.

Butterman
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Butterman 03/13/14 - 06:06 pm
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Hyatt Place Hotel
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Anyone know the status of that?

corgimom
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corgimom 03/13/14 - 07:02 pm
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He could've paid one of his

He could've paid one of his attorney friends $5,000 and could've gotten off. Something isn't right about this.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/13/14 - 07:02 pm
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Butterman, after Julian had

Butterman, after Julian had to pay $1.4 million to the Feds, it's dead in the water, unless somebody else comes along.

burninater
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burninater 03/13/14 - 07:42 pm
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Lol JTF, "fan" wouldn't

Lol JTF, "fan" wouldn't describe my feelings about Ayn Rand.

Objectivism is based on a flawed idealization of human behavior and motivation. Its fundamental assumption, that humans are strictly motivated by rational self-interest, has been shown to be incorrect by multiple and various researchers in the social sciences, cognitive sciences, neurologic sciences, and economic sciences. It makes for interesting fiction, but an economic and social model based on a false assumption is a failed model.

That doesn't mean that all of her observations were uninformed; the social and economic distortions created by intergenerational accumulations of wealth was well-recognized by economists and historians long before Rand commented on it.

fedex227
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fedex227 03/13/14 - 07:45 pm
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"He could've paid one of his attorney friends $5,000 and ...
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could've gotten off." With a blood alcohol reading of 0.167, I think he left any remnants of logical thought drowning at the bottom of his last drink.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/13/14 - 09:07 pm
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Wait a minute...or thirty of them.

He spent THIRTY MINUTES offering bribes to the officer? Quite a while and kind of dispels the "oops it was just one tiny slip of the tongue" defense.
Going to be one entertaining trial, folks. Would be very challenging to be his lawyer.
My kids and I drive on I-20. Really don't appreciate drunks doing 100 m.p.h. on the road we travel.

Butterman
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Butterman 03/13/14 - 07:59 pm
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BAC of 0.167
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yeah, sounds like he was pretty "pumped up" all right and left all rational thinking at the bar he was at earlier.

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/13/14 - 08:16 pm
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Willy Wanker

What would it take to get you to change your picture? Please? Unless it is YOU - meaning a photo of you. We see enough of these gentlemen on TV day in and day out.. Please????

WillyWanker
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WillyWanker 03/13/14 - 09:17 pm
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Just a request

Just a request

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/13/14 - 09:23 pm
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Willy Wonker

Thanks - the "sheet" is gone!

corgimom
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corgimom 03/13/14 - 10:03 pm
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No, in my opinion, I think

No, in my opinion, I think that maybe he was someplace he wasn't supposed to be, doing something that he wasn't supposed to do, and that's why it was so important to him not to be arrested.

All of those rich people don't care about things like this, they know they have enough money to fix it. It makes no sense for him to offer that big of a bribe.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 03/14/14 - 08:44 am
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Been to Hot-lanta? Alone? Drugs and/or good company?
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Been to Hot-lanta? Alone? Drugs and/or good company?

fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 03/14/14 - 08:52 am
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v4vendettta

Really? The trooper prolly (sic) "would have taken the bait" if there wasn't a camera? I've been in Law Enforcement since before the proliferation of videos cameras, and I must say that you don't know what you are talking about. While there are bad apples in LE, as well as every other profession, I don't personally know of any officer that would risk prison time, loss of certification, and the public embarrassment that would come with the charge of accepting a bribe. Like i said, there are bad apples, but you are talking out of your kazoo in this example. You aren't one of those who says, "you'd have written me a ticket, if....?", are you?

edcushman
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edcushman 03/14/14 - 08:52 am
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" Another example of a
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" Another example of a "business man's" mentality that everything and everyone has a price and can be bought."
That statement sounds a lot like wealth envy.

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