Man Arrested Twice In 24 Hours, Accused Of Bribing Officer

COOKEVILLE, T.N., — A Cookeville man was arrested twice over night for Public Intoxication. Police say the suspect is a repeat offender and has been arrested close to a dozen times for Public Intoxication.  

On Feb. 5, a disturbance report was called into the Cookeville Police Department at the Academy Sports building on Bennett Road. According to the report, the suspect was hindering employees from entering the building.

According to the report, the officer approached the suspect, who was Ross Bright, 24. Allegedly, Bright was unsteady on his feet, had red watery eyes and had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Police say Bright tried to hand the officer $20 after he was asked to show some identification. Bright was arrested and sent to the Putnam County Jail where his bail was set at $500. However, Bright later made bail for the charge and left the jail.  

In the early morning hours of Feb. 6, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to an address on Walker Mountain Rd. When the deputy arrived, he found Bright, attempting to enter the residence that belonged to his parents. According to the report, Bright still had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and in his efforts to enter the house, had turned over a number of flower pots and had beaten a window so hard he had loosened the glass.

According to the report, Bright’s parents had just filed an order of protection against their son just hours earlier.

This is not the first time Bright has been arrested for Public Intoxication. Since August of 2016, Bright has been arrested 14 times, including the two listed in this article.

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