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Bank executive buys $1,300 worth of newspapers so his friends and neighbors don’t learn about his arrest

By Mason White 2:03 PM January 5, 2017
Joseph Talbot
By: Feng Qian

A bank executive who was upset when his mugshot was placed in a newspaper, decided to buy every copy.

However, his actions backfired when his bizarre actions went viral and he now made headlines across the world.

Joseph Talbot, 43, of Newark, New York, who is the vice president of the First Niagara Bank, was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Police pulled him over after seeing his vehicle swerving on Route 31 at around 10:00 p.m. on Thursday.

Officer gave Talbot sobriety tests, which he failed. Talbot refused to take his fingerprints and photograph, telling officers that he did not want his photo to appear in the paper, according to police.

However, officers took his picture anyway. On Saturday, the newspaper published his story along with his mugshot in the paper.

The newspaper’s publisher and owner, Ron Holdraker of Wayne County, said that he received calls from a number of convenience stores, informing him that a man bought all their copies.

Holdraker said that Talbot had bought nearly 1,000 of the 12,000 copies that they printed. Each paper costs $1.25. Talbot spent close to $1,300 in total in his attempt to keep his mugshot out of public eye.