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Italian court: Bribe from drunk driver 'not enough' to be corrupt

By Marilyn Malara
Italian court: Bribe from drunk driver 'not enough' to be corrupt
The Italian Supreme Court has decided a 100 euro note is not enough to be deemed bribery after a drunk motorist attempted to deter his arrest with the sum. Photo by Paolo Sartorio/Shutterstock

ROME, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- An Italian man was acquitted of corruption charges after he attempted to bribe a police officer 100 euros during a drunk-driving traffic stop.

The country's top court determined the bribe was too small to be labeled as corruption, especially coming from an incapacitated source, Italian news outlet Today reported

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The decision comes after the driver attempted to avoid drunk driving fines by bribing the attending police officer with a crisp 100 euro note, authorities said. That's about $110.

Despite the court's ruling on the bribe, the driver was convicted of drunk driving, which carries a fine up to 6,200 euros, a suspended license up to a year and up to a year in prison.

According to The Local, Italian law states that a bribery attempt is labeled corruption when the action is made "with appropriate seriousness," and "that the attempt is able to psychologically unsettle the public official."

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