City Man Accused of Trying to Bribe Officer at Traffic Stop

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Crime and Police News

A McKeesport man is charged with bribery of a public official after city police said he tried to pay off a police officer following a traffic stop.

Montell R. Wallace, 27, is also charged by McKeesport police with driving with a suspended license and driving at unsafe speeds. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

Wallace also was among more than 30 people rounded up by city police Wednesday during a drug sweep. He faces separate charges in that incident.

McKeesport police said Officer Floyd Gault was on patrol at 7 a.m. Nov. 14 on Eden Park Boulevard when he began following a car through the school zone.

According to a report, Gault paced the other car at more than 30 miles per hour. The lights in the school zone were activated and speed is restricted to 15 miles per hour, police said.

The area, in front of McKeesport Area High School, is near where a student was struck by a passing car a few days later.

Police said Gault and another officer pulled over the driver and explained why they had stopped him. The driver, whom police identified as Wallace, provided his name and date of birth.

A check indicated that Wallace's license had been suspended. Police said Gault offered to let Wallace call someone else to come and get the car, but according to a police report, Wallace instead pulled a "large amount of cash" from a pants pocket and asked the officers, "Come on, how much you want?"

The officers placed Wallace under arrest without incident, police said, and the money was put into evidence.


Jason Togyer is the editor of Tube City Almanac and the volunteer executive director of Tube City Community Media Inc. He may be reached at jtogyer@gmail.com.

Originally published December 06, 2018.

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