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Drunk Driver Claims Ties to Pablo Escobar

A Miami driver tries to evade DUI charges by saying he once worked as a hit man for the notorious cartel leader.


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By Chrisanne Grise


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A Miami man arrested for driving under the influence and speeding on Thursday attempted to bribe the police; but when that tactic failed, he attempted to intimidate them by claiming he once worked as a hit man for Medellin cartel leader Pablo Escobar. John Chaney, 64, was pulled over early Thursday morning for going 110mph in a 35mph zone. He told police that he was in a hurry to get home to his nine cats. After failing roadside sobriety tests and hitting .149 on a breathalyzer—almost double Florida's limit—he offered an officer $30,000 to change the results of his blood alcohol level. He also regaled the officers with details from his criminal past, saying that in addition to working for Escobar, he had smuggled cocaine in to the US from Colombia and had murdered people. Officers also found a prescription bottle for Endocet in his car, containing multiple kinds of pills. Chaney is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, fleeing and eluding police, bribery and possession of a controlled substance.

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