Officer accused of bribing UHP trooper for friend

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Bribery charges have been filed against a Perry police officer and another man in what investigators say was an attempt to avoid losing a license after a drunken driving arrest. Papers filed last week in 2nd District Court show 34-year-old Daniel Kotter and former Ogden police officer Matthew Scott Jones have each been charged with second degree felony extortion or bribery to dismiss a criminal proceeding. They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The men are accused of trying to bribe a Utah Highway Patrol trooper to not testify against the 34-year-old Jones following an August arrest. The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports Kotter was arrested after giving the trooper $2,000 for missing a hearing. Kotter’s attorney, Ed Brass, did not immediately return a call Wednesday.

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