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Man accused of trying to bribe West Virginia State Police trooper

Paul Tilman Chaney was arraigned Saturday on various charges related to a traffic stop

April 10, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 55-year-old man is accused of trying to bribe a West Virginia State Police trooper after allegedly failing field sobriety tests, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Paul Tilman Chaney was arraigned Saturday by Magistrate Jim Humphrey on two felony counts of bribery of a State Police trooper, driving under the influence second offense and driving revoked for DUI first offense, according to court records.

Court records list Hagerstown and Falling Waters addresses for Chaney, who was detained by Trooper Z.S. Conner early Saturday in the Walmart parking lot in Spring Mills, according to court records. The defendant was behind the wheel of a white Ford  F-150 with Maryland registration, according to court records.

After allegedly failing three sobriety tests, the trooper said the defendant asked him “would $1,000 take care of it?” according to court documents.

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When the trooper asked what Chaney meant, the defendant asked if he gave the trooper the money, could he go home, according to court documents.

After the trooper said he could not take the defendant’s money and Chaney was unable to reach his dad to pick up the vehicle he was driving, the defendant asked Conner “what about $2,000?,” according to court documents.

The trooper again asked what Chaney meant and the defendant repeated the statement, according to court records.

A secondary chemical test revealed that the concentration of alcohol in Chaney’s blood was .183, according to court documents. The legal limit in West Virginia is .08, according to court documents.

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