The retrial for a Palo Alto lawyer who allegedly tried to bribe his way out of a driving under the influence arrest in 2010 got under way in San Mateo County Superior Court Wednesday.
According to prosecutors, Chae allegedly offered to pay $900 cash to the police officer if he was allowed to go free. When the officer refused the bribe, Chae allegedly offered $5,000, and when that was refused, he said he would pay $35,000, Serrato said.
Chae was arrested for bribery and suspected DUI. When he was searched, police found $1,055 in cash and $135 in casino chips from Lucky Chances casino, prosecutors said. His blood alcohol level was determined to be .13 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.
In November, a jury found Chae guilty of misdemeanor drunken driving charges, but deadlocked on the bribery charge. The retrial is expected to take about five days.
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