A former Peruvian president was reportedly arrested at a local restaurant Sunday night for something unrelated to a bribery scandal that makes him a fugitive in his homeland.
San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies say they responded to reports of Alejandro Toledo Manrique, 73, being drunk in public outside a restaurant on the 3500 block of Alameda de las Pulgas in Menlo Park. Officers booked the disgraced statesman around 10:30pm that night on suspicion of misdemeanor public intoxication.
Manrique, who has reportedly lived in Los Altos for the past couple years, spent the night in jail and walked free the next morning. The DA declined to press charges.
According to the Associated Press, the arrest did not lead to his extradition back to Peru, where he served as president from 2001 to 2006 and where prosecutors accuse him of accepting $20 million in bribes from a Brazilian construction firm. San Mateo officials said they alerted Interpol, but the agency declined to take him into custody.
The AP reports that Manrique granted a brief interview with Peruvian radio station RPP in which he dismissed the Sunday night arrest. “I’m at my home, writing my book,” he told a reporter who reached him by phone Monday.