November 16, 2012

Man arrested for DUI, fleeing and trying to bribe deputies

Big Pine Key – A Miami man is in jail today charged with fleeing from deputies, drunk driving, possession of a controlled substance and with trying to bribe deputies with a large amount of money.

Deputy Juan Martin Reyes was on another call at the 30 mile marker of the highway when he spotted the black Hummer traveling at a high rate of speed northbound. The deputy pursued him, clocking 64 year old John Chaney in his vehicle at speeds of up to 110 miles an hour. Chaney failed to stop for the deputy until he reached the 37 mile marker of the highway, when he finally pulled over.

Chaney had trouble walking as he exited his car; he immediately told deputies he was the owner of the company doing the road construction work in Key West. He said he’d been working for 72 hours and just wanted to get home to Kendall and his 9 cats.

Chaney failed field sobriety exercises, and a breathalyzer test performed later confirmed he was impaired by alcohol. In his pocket was a pill bottle with his name on it. The prescription was for Endocet, but the bottle contained two other substances not on the prescription.

As the deputy sat with Chaney at the Detention Center, Chaney told him he’d smuggled cocaine into the United States from Columbia, had been involved with Pablo Escobar and had killed people in the past. He told Deputy Reyes he should be afraid of him. He said he has other DUI arrests; he said the contract he has with the city is worth 14 million dollars and he  offered the deputy $30,000.00  to tamper with the results of his breathalyzer test.

Deputy Reyes told him his honor was not for sale and he would not be bribed for two million dollars. Chaney was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, fleeing and eluding police, bribery and possession of a controlled substance. He was booked into jail.

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