Police say DUI suspect tried to bribe officer with cash, beer

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SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a 24-year-old man accused of DUI tried to bribe an Atlanta-area police officer with cash and beer after being pulled over.

Smyrna Police Chief Robert Harvey says Lazaro Hernandez of Marietta was pulled over early Friday after he tried to pass an officer who was directing traffic.

Police say Hernandez smelled of alcohol and asked the officer to drop his charges from DUI to another charge, offering to have the officer drive him to a gas station so he could buy beer for him and give him $400.

Hernandez says in an interview he was “drunk” and does not remember offering the officer money. He says he “was just playing.”

Hernandez faces DUI, open container, reckless driving and refusing to comply with police directions charges. He also faces a felony bribery charge.

Since he refused field sobriety testing, his license was suspended, Harvey says.

Booking records show Hernandez was booked into the Smyrna jail before being transferred to the Cobb jail, where he was released Saturday afternoon after posting $7,000 bond.

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