Alejandro Toledo, the former president of Peru, was arrested in San Mateo for alleged drunkenness on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2019.

San Mateo County Sheriff

Former Peruvian President Busted For Alleged Drunkenness In Menlo Park

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
March 18, 2019 - 3:34 pm

A former president of Peru was arrested for alleged public drunkenness at a restaurant in unincorporated Menlo Park on St. Patrick's Day, the San Mateo sheriff's department said. 

Alejandro Toledo Manrique, 73, was busted by sheriff's department deputies at 10:27 p.m. on March 17, Detective Rosemerry Blankswade said to KCBS Radio in an email.

"Mr. Toledo was reported to the Sheriff's Office for being drunk in public at a restaurant," Blankswade said, without disclosing the name of the eatery, although she said it was on the 3500 block of Alameda de la Pulgas.  

Toledo was Peru's president from 2001 to 2006, but is wanted in his home country for allegedly taking $20 million in bribes from a Brazilian construction firm while he was in office, the Associated Press reported. He is now a resident of Los Altos. 

Interpol contacted the San Mateo sheriff's office while he was in custody overnight, Blankswade said. 

"After reaching out to Peruvian officials and Interpol, we learned that the existence of charges alone in Peru alone does not authorize the subject's arrest in the United States," she said. 

He spent the night in the county jail, before being released on Monday morning. 

He has lived in the United States in much humbler circumstances than the manner he exhibited in Peru, according to