Worcester Bishop Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charge
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.