Rev. Bruce Wright arrested after 10 News investigation

8:15 AM, May 10, 2011   |    comments
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Rev. Bruce Wright

GULFPORT, Florida - Less than two weeks after 10 News investigated how Rev. Bruce Wright was spending charity donations, the self-professed homeless advocate was arrested Monday afternoon for driving without a license.

Wright's license was suspended in January for failure to pay child support.

As police were questioning him behind the wheel of a friend's car, Wright began apologizing profusely.  When they went to handcuff him, he begged not to be taken to jail and started having problems with anxiety.

Wright was booked into Pinellas County Jail late Monday afternoon.

The car belonged to a volunteer at Wright's Refuge Ministries, a religous non-profit that claims to help the homeless.  But the volunteer tells 10 News that - in recent years - the Refuge has failed many of those most in need.

She cited a number of lies that Wright told her and since his divorce several years ago has abused his power and made moves on many of the women who came to him for help fighting addiction.

Police found a number of Wright's belongings in the volunteer's car, which he had been driving for a number of weeks.  Also discovered was his name written across her vehicle registration.

During his arrest, Wright tried to plead with officers, "Please don't arrest me - my life is over."  His only income comes from community cash donations intended to help the homeless.

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