A 21-year-old Newport woman is facing felony bribery charges after allegedly offering Newport police officers a share of some of the three ounces of marijuana they found in her car after she was stopped for failing to use a turn signal early Wednesday morning.
Police said at around 1:45 a.m., Elizabeth Folkman, 21, 130 Spring St., Newport, was stopped after an officer on patrol saw her heading west on Admiral Kalfbus Road about 10 mph above the posted 25 mph speed limit. She then reportedly failed to use a turn signal while turning onto Route 138 and then onto Connell Highway.
Once stopped, police said the inside of her car reeked like marijuana and Folkman allegedly said she was at a party and the smell must be coming from her hair.
Folkman then reportedly refused to let officers search her car or even step out of it after police instructed her to get out. Police reportedly had to pull her from the car as she gripped the steering wheel, tensing her body.
Inside the car, police found eight roaches in the center console, two glass pipes, three “RAW” packages of rolling papers, a rolling machine, an electronic “Atmos” vaporizer and on the floor behind the front passenger’s seat, a 3-cup glass mason jar filled with marijuana.
According to a police report, Folkman begged officers to let her go with a slap on the wrist and to let her keep the pot.
“I told her we could not do that,” an officer said.
“Folman then offered [the officers] a gift of one quarter of the marijuana in an attempt to induce us into letting her go,” the report states.
Police refused the bribe and instead, tacked on a felony charge of bribery of an agent, employee or public official in addition to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
She was also charged with resisting arrest.