A former president of Peru wanted in his home country on corruption charges dodged extradition from the Bay Area this week following his arrest for allegedly becoming drunk and causing a disturbance at a local restaurant.
Alejandro Toledo Manrique, a 73-year-old resident of Los Altos also known as Alejandro Toledo, spent Sunday (March 17) night in the San Mateo County Jail following the incident at the Dutch Goose, a counter service restaurant in Menlo Park serving burgers, pizzas and beers. Restaurant employees called police to report Manrique after he became belligerent and refused to leave, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Responding officers arrested him on a misdemeanor “drunk in public” charge.
Manrique’s former position of prestige was unknown to the sheriff’s office, but Interpol contacted the agency during his jail stay to share information about possible charges Manrique faces in Peru, according to Detective Rosemerry Blankswade, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
“After reaching out to Peruvian officials and Interpol, we learned that the existence of charges in Peru alone does not authorize the subject’s arrest in the United States,” Blankswade wrote in a statement to media. “Peruvian Officials were unable to facilitate the extradition and there were no other charges against him, so Mr. Toledo Manrique was released.”
The local charge against Manrique was dropped, as can happen in cases of non-violent misdemeanors involving cooperating suspects, Blankswade said.
Peruvian prosecutors allege Manrique, president from 2001 and 2006, accepted $20 million in bribes from a Brazilian construction firm in exchange for approving a contract to build a transoceanic highway connecting Peru with Brazil, according to the Associated Press. The Foreign Ministry delivered extradition papers for him to the U.S. State Department in May. In recent years, Manrique served as a visiting scholar at Stanford University, his alma mater.