NORMAN — A former state Senate president offered to pay a Noble police officer $40,000 and then $50,000 to release him after being arrested, prosecutors allege in a felony case filed Monday.
Cal Hobson — who is a candidate for Cleveland County commissioner — was arrested Sunday in Noble on a drunken driving complaint, court records show.
Hobson blew a 0.27 on a breathalyzer test of his blood alcohol concentration — more than three times the legal limit, the records show.
Hobson, 69, of Lexington, was charged Monday with two felonies — aggravated driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and attempting to bribe an officer.
Hobson also offered to make a Noble police officer, David Gazaway, the police chief if the officer would “cut him a break,” prosecutors allege.
Officer Gazaway refused the defendant’s offers of bribes, according to the charge.
The case was filed in Cleveland County District Court. Hobson was still in jail Monday afternoon and could not be reached for comment.
Hobson, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1990.
He was elected Senate president pro tem in January 2003 and re-elected to the post in January 2005. He resigned that leadership position in March 2005 at the request of fellow Democrats.
He remained in the Senate until leaving in 2006 because of term limits.
He acknowledged in 2005 before stepping down as Senate president pro tem that he and other Democrats had had “a very frank and honest conversation about my disease, which is alcoholism, and what should we do about it, and what should I continue to do about it.”
Hobson was pulled over early Sunday evening after he was seen swerving side to side in a pickup on Main Street in Noble and crossing over the center line into oncoming traffic, police reported.
The pickup came to a stop in a ditch.
Noble police officer Joshua Lesher reported in a court affidavit that Hobson moved in a slow sluggish manner after getting out of the pickup.
“The defendant had red watery eyes, slurred speech and had an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and person. The defendant exited the vehicle and had his pants below his waist,” Lesher wrote in the affidavit.
Hobson was charged last year in Cleveland County with a misdemeanor drunken driving offense.