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A Palo Alto attorney accused of trying to buy his way out of his third DUI arrest in Colma was due back in court Monday for a pre-trial conference.

Richard Chae, 37, allegedly offered a cop who pulled him over up to $35,000 to let him go on Feb. 26. According to police, he made three separate offers, first pulling $900 out of his pocket, then offering $5,000, and finally $35,000.

Chae, a patent attorney, was arrested on drunken driving and bribery charges, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

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Chae, whose previous DUI convictions occurred seven and eight years ago, is out of custody on his own recognizance, Wagstaffe said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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