Massachusetts bishop will escape trial for drunk driving; pleads guilty to lesser charge
May 14, 2013
Drunk-driving charges against Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, Massachusetts, will be dismissed, after the bishop pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, his lawyer has said.
Bishop McManus agreed to plead guilty to refusing a chemical sobriety test. For that offense, he will lose his driver’s license for 6 months, and be required to pay about $950 in fines and court costs.
After his arrest on May 4 following a hit-and-run accident, Bishop McManus issued a public statement admitting a “terrible error in judgment” and promising to “accept the consequences of my action.” He then entered a not-guilty plea on the drunk-driving charges. He apparently will not face charges for leaving the scene of an accident.
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