National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

Worcester bishop's DUI charges to be dismissed

 |  NCR Today

Charges against a Worcester bishop will be dismissed after he "agreed to plead guilty to a charge of refusing a chemical breath test." Bishop Robert McManus was originally charged for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident after striking another driver, John Smith, on May 4, according to NBC News:

“According to the police report, McManus was unsteady on his feet, swaying in a circular motion, and slurring his words to the point the arresting officer said it was difficult to understand. The officer said he could smell a moderate odor of alcohol and that McManus' face was red and his eyes were severely bloodshot.”

Though the DUI charge was dismissed because McManus had no previous record, he still lost driver license privileges for six months and “was ordered to pay $900 in fines and court costs.”

Read our new blog series, La Iglesia Hispana, focusing on Hispanic Catholics, the church's new emerging majority.


NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.



NCR Email Alerts