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A Philomath man accused of trying to bribe a police officer who arrested him for domestic assault last month entered into a plea deal with state prosecutors Tuesday.

The agreement called for the bribery charge filed against Edward Blair Haines, 55, to be dismissed. Haines pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence.

In accordance with the plea deal, Benton County Circuit Judge Locke Williams sentenced Haines to one year on bench probation. Haines must also pursue drug and alcohol treatment, as well as undergo a mental health evaluation, the judge said. Williams also ordered Haines to take an anger awareness course and pay a $100 fine.

According to Philomath Police Chief Ken Rueben, officers responded to Haines’ home on May 12 after his wife called police. The woman’s right eye had fresh bruising and swelling, and she told officers Haines had punched her, Rueben said.

Police arrested Haines. While transporting him, Haines allegedly offered the officer chewing tobacco and money if the policeman would take him home rather than to jail, Rueben said. The officer declined multiple times and eventually charged Haines with the crime.

Haines was represented by defense attorney Clark Willes.

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 


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