Alleged DUI driver doesn’t remember trying to bribe cop with cash, beer

A Cobb County man couldn’t avoid being arrested during an early-morning traffic stop, but he certainly tried.

He allegedly tried to pass an officer directing traffic, and when he was pulled over, Lazaro Hernandez smelled of alcohol, according to police. There was also an open beer on his floor board when he was pulled over at 2 a.m. Friday on Windy Hill Road, his arrest warrant says.

As Hernandez, 24, was being arrested and charged with four misdemeanors, he allegedly committed another crime. He attempted to bribe the officer, first with cash and then with beer, to avoid being arrested, his warrant says.

First, Hernandez offered the officer $200, police said. Then $400. How about $400 and beer? No, no, no, the Smyrna officer replied.

But Hernandez told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he doesn’t remember trying to bribe the officer.

In addition to DUI, open container, reckless driving and refusing to comply with police directions, Hernandez was also charged with bribery, a felony. He was booked into the Smyrna jail before being transferred to Cobb jail, where he was released Saturday afternoon after posting $7,000 bond, according to booking records.

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