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The Latest: Ex-Peru president brushes off detention queries

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File - In this April 7, 2011, file photo, Presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo, of the political party Peru Possible, delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Lima, Peru. Authorities say a former Peruvian president who is wanted in connection with Latin America's biggest graft scandal was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend and was briefly detained. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday, March 18, 2019, that Toledo was arrested Sunday night near a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay city of Menlo Park. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

REDWOOD CITY, California (AP) — The Latest on the public drunkenness arrest of Peru's former president (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

Former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo brushed off questions about his arrest on suspicion of public drunkenness during a radio interview.

Toledo also declined to discuss his detention with Peru's RPP radio, saying "I'm not falling into that trap."

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade says Toledo was arrested at a San Francisco Bay Area restaurant Sunday and spent the night in jail before his release Monday morning.

Toledo was Peru's president from 2001 to 2006 and has lived in California in recent years. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in 2017.

He is wanted in his home country on accusations of taking $20 million in bribes from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. He has denied wrongdoing.

While he was president, Toledo's presidential aircraft became known as the "party plane" after a government official was caught on camera drunkenly singing a popular Spanish-language tune called "Pass me the Bottle" during a flight to Europe.

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12:15 p.m.

Authorities say a former Peruvian president who is wanted in connection with Latin America's biggest graft scandal was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend and was briefly detained.

San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday that Alejandro Toledo was arrested Sunday night near a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay city of Menlo Park.

Toledo was released early Monday morning and the charge was dropped, as is routine for suspects arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness.

Peruvian authorities have offered a $30,000 reward for Toledo's capture. Blankswade says Interpol officials told jailers they had no interest in immediately extraditing or holding Toledo.

Prosecutors have accused Toledo of taking $20 million in bribes from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. He has denied wrongdoing.

En esta foto liberada el lunes 18 de marzo de 2019 por la oficina del sheriff del condado de San Mateo está el expresidente peruano Alejandro Toledo. (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP)
In this photo released Monday, March 18, 2019, by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is Alejandro Toledo. Authorities say a former Peruvian president who is wanted in connection with Latin America's biggest graft scandal was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend and was briefly detained. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday that Alejandro Toledo was arrested Sunday night near a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay city of Menlo Park. (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP)
ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 24 de mayo de 2017, el expresidente peruano Alejandro Toledo habla en un foro sobre economía y globalización en Naciones Unidas, Nueva York. (AP Foto/Mary Altaffer, Archivo)
FILE - In this May 24, 2017, file photo, Peru's former President Alejandro Toledo addresses the New Economy Forum Globalization Dialogues at the United Nations in New York. U.S. authorities announced Monday, March 18, 2019 that Toledo, who Peruvian authorities have asked to be extradited for his alleged ties to Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, was released after a brief detention on suspicion of public intoxication in California. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
In this photo released Monday, March 18, 2019, by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is Alejandro Toledo. Authorities say a former Peruvian president who is wanted in connection with Latin America's biggest graft scandal was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend and was briefly detained. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday that Alejandro Toledo was arrested Sunday night near a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay city of Menlo Park. (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP)
ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 24 de mayo de 2017, el expresidente peruano Alejandro Toledo habla en un foro sobre economía y globalización en Naciones Unidas, Nueva York. (AP Foto/Mary Altaffer, Archivo)
ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 24 de mayo de 2017, el expresidente peruano Alejandro Toledo habla en un foro sobre economía y globalización en Naciones Unidas, Nueva York. (AP Foto/Mary Altaffer, Archivo)
In this photo released Monday, March 18, 2019, by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is Alejandro Toledo. Authorities say a former Peruvian president who is wanted in connection with Latin America's biggest graft scandal was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend and was briefly detained. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday that Alejandro Toledo was arrested Sunday night near a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay city of Menlo Park. (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP)
In this photo released Monday, March 18, 2019, by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is Alejandro Toledo. Authorities say a former Peruvian president who is wanted in connection with Latin America's biggest graft scandal was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend and was briefly detained. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday that Alejandro Toledo was arrested Sunday night near a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay city of Menlo Park. (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP)
FILE - In this May 24, 2017, file photo, Peru's former President Alejandro Toledo addresses the New Economy Forum Globalization Dialogues at the United Nations in New York. U.S. authorities announced Monday, March 18, 2019 that Toledo, who Peruvian authorities have asked to be extradited for his alleged ties to Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, was released after a brief detention on suspicion of public intoxication in California. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
FILE - In this May 24, 2017, file photo, Peru's former President Alejandro Toledo addresses the New Economy Forum Globalization Dialogues at the United Nations in New York. U.S. authorities announced Monday, March 18, 2019 that Toledo, who Peruvian authorities have asked to be extradited for his alleged ties to Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, was released after a brief detention on suspicion of public intoxication in California. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
File - In this April 7, 2011, file photo, Presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo, of the political party Peru Possible, delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Lima, Peru. Authorities say a former Peruvian president who is wanted in connection with Latin America's biggest graft scandal was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend and was briefly detained. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday, March 18, 2019, that Toledo was arrested Sunday night near a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay city of Menlo Park. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)
File - In this April 7, 2011, file photo, Presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo, of the political party Peru Possible, delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Lima, Peru. Authorities say a former Peruvian president who is wanted in connection with Latin America's biggest graft scandal was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend and was briefly detained. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday, March 18, 2019, that Toledo was arrested Sunday night near a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay city of Menlo Park. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)
En esta foto liberada el lunes 18 de marzo de 2019 por la oficina del sheriff del condado de San Mateo está el expresidente peruano Alejandro Toledo. (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP)
En esta foto liberada el lunes 18 de marzo de 2019 por la oficina del sheriff del condado de San Mateo está el expresidente peruano Alejandro Toledo. (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP)
In this photo released Monday, March 18, 2019, by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is Alejandro Toledo. Authorities say a former Peruvian president who is wanted in connection with Latin America's biggest graft scandal was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend and was briefly detained. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday that Alejandro Toledo was arrested Sunday night near a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay city of Menlo Park. (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP)
In this photo released Monday, March 18, 2019, by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office is Alejandro Toledo. Authorities say a former Peruvian president who is wanted in connection with Latin America's biggest graft scandal was arrested in California on suspicion of public intoxication over the weekend and was briefly detained. San Mateo County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosemerry Blankswade said Monday that Alejandro Toledo was arrested Sunday night near a restaurant near the San Francisco Bay city of Menlo Park. (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office via AP)