Man bribed trooper during DUI arrest in West Palm, charged with felony bribery, FHP says

Matthew Charles Duke

Matthew Charles Duke

A South Carolina man offered $500 to state trooper while he was being arrested for driving under the influence early Monday. When the trooper asked him if that was a bribe, the man said no, then offered $1,000, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.

Matthew Charles Duke, 30, was headed back to South Carolina when he ran a red light on Okeechobee Boulevard near Interstate 95 in West Palm Beach, the arrest report says. A trooper pulled him over and smelled alcohol on his breath.

Duke told the trooper he had three shots of alcohol before driving and accidentally ran the red light. He later failed each of the four roadside sobriety tests, the report says.

Duke was handcuffed and placed in the back of the highway patrol vehicle on a misdemeanor DUI charge. That’s when he tried bribing the trooper, according to the report.

He now also faces a charge of bribery of a public servant — a second-degree felony.

He was taken to the Palm Beach County Jail and released Monday night on $3,000 bail.

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