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Worcester Bishop Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charge

(Photo Courtesy: Diocese of Worcester)

(Photo Courtesy: Diocese of Worcester)

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The leader of a Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts charged with driving drunk and causing an accident in Rhode Island has been released on $1,000 bail.

Worcester Bishop Robert McManus pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

The 61-year-old McManus was represented by former Rhode Island House Speaker William Murphy, who’s now in private practice.

He was arrested Saturday night in Narragansett near his vacation home.

In a statement Monday, McManus said he “made a terrible error in judgment” by driving after drinking wine at dinner and asked for forgiveness.

McManus is a Rhode Island native and served as auxiliary bishop in Providence for five years. He’s been Worcester bishop since 2004.

McManus is due back in court May 28.