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Driver may face charges after being stopped for drunk driving

Have you ever been stopped by a police officer and was not sure what to do? This may have been the case for a man who was pulled over for allegedly drunk driving.

According to police officers, the man sped past a police station and then almost crashed into another vehicle. When the police officers pulled him over, they thought he had been drinking and driving. This allegation was accompanied by an accusation that he had open liquor in his car.

It is unclear why the man responded the way he did following the police stop. He may have been confused or may not have known what to do. But after he was pulled over, he apparently tried to give the police officers money in exchange for letting him go.

The police began to ask the man questions after he offered them money. When asked where the money came from, the man handed the officers a flash drive and told them to look at what was on the drive. In doing so, the officers found a lot of financial information, including credit card numbers.

Why would the driver first offer the police a bribe and then hand over possibly incriminating evidence that may be related to other possible crimes, such as identity theft?

It may be simply because he did not consider the consequences of his actions until it was too late. Upon further questioning by the police, the driver finally told police to contact his lawyer.

Anytime you are facing potential charges, whether it is for drunk driving or bribery, it is helpful to know what rights you have. Having someone who understands the criminal justice system can make a difference in potential charges and penalties.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "In a flash, DUI arrest turns into something more," June 8, 2012

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