Robert J. McManus the Roman Catholic bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts was arrested for drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident in Rhode Island.
McManus has been the bishop in Worcester since 20004, was arrested after Narragansett police were dispatched to a 911 call. The caller who happens to be a Warwick Rhode Island police dispatcher, reported that McManus had hit his car with him it and kept driving. The caller also reported that he followed the Bishop for two miles to a house later identified as his siblings home.
When the police arrived they observed the standard physical symptoms of alcohol use, glassy eyes, slurred speech, odor of alocohol and unsteadiness. McManus admitted to police that he had a glass of wine, a mixed drink and a Manhattan with his dinner. Police began to administer so called field sobriety tests but stopped because Bishop McManus was too unsteady.
The Bishop was arraigned and formally charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident. The Bishop issued a statement the day before saying it was a mistake in judgment and then refused to speak further. He is due back in court on May 28.
Operating under the influence is a charged taken seriously in all states. Even a sitting bishop can be charged with crime. If you our someone you know has been charged with operating under the influence in Massachusetts, you need a Massachusetts criminal attorney.
Attorney Patrick Donovan has appeared in over fifty courts in Massachusetts. Patrick Donovan is a former assistant district attorney in Massachusetts and has tried many operating under the influence cases to a jury verdict as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney.