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Former Oklahoma state Senator, ‘Citizen of the Year’ charged with DUI, bribing an officer

NOBLE, Okla. – A former high-profile state senator is arrested, accused of driving under the influence and bribing an officer.

On Sunday afternoon, police in Noble arrested Cal Hobson.

Hobson was reportedly driving recklessly through the town of Noble.

Chief Keith Springstead, with the Noble Police Department, said, “[Hobson] was driving in a very erratic manner, crossing the lane lines.”

Authorities say Hobson pulled his car over in a ditch on the south side of town.

According to a court affidavit, Hobson had red, watery eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol.

Chief Springstead said, “The officer smelled urine and noticed the individual’s pants were pulled down almost to his calves.”

According to a breathalyzer test, police say he was more than three times over the legal limit.

Once in custody, police say Hobson attempted to bribe the officer.

Chief Springstead said, “If he would drive him to Lexington, he would give him the job of police chief in Noble.”

Officers say Hobson then offered the officer $40,000 and later increased the offer to $50,000.

Chief Springstead said, “Obviously, that is an inappropriate action by the suspect.”

As a NewsChannel 4 crew went to  Hobson’s home in Lexington, we were told that he was not available.

Minutes later, he walked out of the house and got into a car.

When asked if we could speak with him, he declined.

Lexington residents tell us Hobson was voted “Citizen of the Year” in the town last year.

Organizers say he was selected for his work to build a splash pad and make other improvements in town.

On Monday, Hobson was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and bribing a peace officer.