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Drunk Driver Tried to Bribe Police With Watches and Cash: Officials

By Emily Frost | February 21, 2014 7:11am
 A drunk driver offered officers thousands of dollars in bribes to be let off, authorities said.
A drunk driver offered officers thousands of dollars in bribes to be let off, authorities said.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — Don't drink and bribe. 

A White Plains man found passed out in his car in the middle of the day with a blood alcohol level three-and-a-half times the legal limit repeatedly tried to bribe police by offering them watches and tens of thousands of dollars if they would let him go, authorities said. 

Alcides Gonzabay, 35, was found slumped over in his running car on Riverside Drive at West 95th at 2:10 p.m. Feb. 9, according to police and the Manhattan District Attorney's office. Officers said he reeked of alcohol and had an open bottle of Captain Morgan rum and two bottles of wine next to him inside his 2013 Audi, according to the NYPD and criminal complaint.

"I took coke before I drove...I was drinking on the highway, I'm not going to lie to you," Gonzabay told officers at the scene, the complaint states.

Two witnesses said they'd seen Gonzabay slumped over on the Henry Hudson Parkway near West 95th Street, and another reported he was driving dangerously, the police report stated. 

"I was drinking tequila — a big bottle — around 12:30," said Gonzabay, who told officers that's when he started driving down from White Plains, the complaint said.

Gonzabay who was indicted on DWI charges twice before, most recently on Dec. 13 — was driving without a license at the time, police said.

"If you send me home, I will give you $40,000," he told one officer at the scene, according to the complaint. "I don't want my mother to see me in a cell. Yo, real talk, I'll give you $40,000."

A wobbly Gonzabay, who registered a blood alcohol level of .29 — the legal limit is .08 — was then transported to St. Luke's Hospital, where he remained for several hours, according to Capt. James Dennedy of the 24th Precinct.

Later at the precinct house, Gonzabay tried again to buy his way out of jail, offering cash and watches to officers there, according to the DA's office.

"I will pay you $50,000 and expensive watches from a safe in my house if you take me home and drop off my car," he said, according to the complaint. 

But Gonzabay didn't stop there, extending the bribes to other officers he encountered, including a pair of narcotics detectives, the complaint said.

"I'll pay you $20,000 each if you can get him to let me go," he said, according to the complaint. 

Gonzabay was charged with felony DWI, five counts of second-degree bribery and one count of second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, the DA's office said. 

He was released on Feb. 10 on $10,000 bail.