Suspect Tries To Bribe Cop, Asks To 'Do This Like They Do In Mexico'
Yakima, WA – A drunk driver tried to bribe a Yakima police officer to let him off the hook on Tuesday.
The incident occurred after 66-year-old Salvador Padilla Valle hit the front side of a Dodge Ram pickup truck on State Route 91 on Tuesday, KIMA reported.
Valle told the Yakima police officer who responded to the crash that he had lost his vision while driving and that was what caused the two-vehicle wreck.
The officer suspected Valle had been drinking, according to KIMA.
Police administered a preliminary breath test to Valle and he blew a .167, which is more than double the legal limit in the state of Washington.
After he flunked the breath test, Valle tried to bribe the officer, KIMA reported.
“Can we do this like they do in Mexico?” Valle asked.
The officer asked him what he meant and Valle offered him $1,000 to let him go, KIMA reported.
So the officer explained that bribes were illegal.
Valle then repeated the offer of a bribe and told the police officer they could meet the next day at a local bank.
At that point, the police officer put Valle into his police vehicle and told Valle he was being recorded, KIMA reported.
But even that didn’t deter Valle from again trying to buy his way out of trouble.
Instead of backing down, he upped his ante to $2,000 and tried for a third time to bribe the officer while cameras in the police vehicle recorded the interaction, KIMA reported.
Valle was transported to Toppenish Astria Hospital for treatment of injuries from the crash, the Sunnyside Sun reported.
Upon release, he was arrested and booked into the Yakima County Jail.
Valle is facing charges of attempted bribery, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, and driving without a court-ordered interlock device, the Sunnyside Sun reported.
He was held on a $15,000 bond.