A Mission man is accused of attempting to bribe a deputy with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office with a piece of jewelry following a July 7 traffic stop, in which the suspect was clocked at more than 100 mph, according to court documents.
Juan Jose Rios, 20, was stopped east of Conway Road on Mile 5 in Alton early Sunday morning. He was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated after failing multiple sobriety tests and refusing a breathalyzer, according to the report.
Rios then offered his jewelry “in exchange for him being able to go home,” according to the report. The jewelry was described in the report as a “chain around his neck … which he claimed was worth about $15,000.”
Once he was placed under arrest for bribery and headed to the jail, Rios is alleged to have again “offered to ‘gift’ his chain” to negate the bribery.
If found guilty of the second degree felony of bribery, Rios could face two to 20 years in prison and an optional fine of up to $10,000. If found guilty of the class B misdemeanor of driving while intoxicated, Rios could face a maximum 180-day sentence and a fine not to exceed $2,000.
Rios was previously arrested for a Nov. 18, 2018, DWI, which could ultimately factor into a stricter charge.