SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after authorities say he attempted to bribe a sheriff’s deputy during a suspected drunken driving stop.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Phillip Quintana was arrested early Saturday following an alleged $10,000 bribe and a promise to the deputy to “make you happier than you can imagine.”
Authorities say the 36-year-old Quintana was pulled over after his black Chevy Camaro was clocked going 72 mph in a 35 mph zone outside Santa Fe.
Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Segura says Quintana smelled of alcohol and refused an alcohol breath test.
Authorities found $25,275 cash, Oxycodone pills, and 35 grams of cocaine inside Quintana’s car.
Quintana was charged with drunken driving, suspicion of bribery of a public officer and trafficking controlled substances.
It was not known if he had an attorney.