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Driver charged with offering Buffalo police officer $1,200 to get out of ticket

When a Cheektowaga man with a suspended driver's license got pulled over early Monday, he decided to make the police officer an offer, according to a Buffalo police report.

Apparently it was an offer he could refuse.

A Northeast District officer stopped Willie L. Holcombe III around 1:15 a.m. on Blake Street, off of Genesee Street and east of Bailey Avenue. The officer reported Holcombe failed to use his turn signal within 100 feet of the intersection.

After the officer determined Holcombe's license had been suspended, the 34-year-old driver offered the officer $1,200 to let him go, according to the report.

Holcombe, of Montfort Drive, was charged with two felonies: third-degree bribery and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle. He was also issued tickets for driving without a license and a signal violation.

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