The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit has suspended a Michigan pastor after learning of the charges against him. The pastor was arrested on DUI charges and indecent exposure when police say he was driving his car in the nude. He was arrested near Dearborn’s Sacred Heart Parish where he preaches. He has since been placed on administrative leave.
The pastor stands accused of having a blood alcohol level that was just over the legal Michigan limit. Specific details of his blood alcohol level or the testing used to make the determination were not available. In addition to the DUI charges the man faces questions as to why he was nude at the time of his arrest. He was alone in the car when it was stopped by police. He may also face inquiry into the presence of a laptop in the vehicle.
While the nudity of the pastor is the most lurid detail of this matter, the real problem for the clergyman may be the DUI charges filed against him. Michigan police do not take drunk driving lightly.
The pastor, like all in Michigan who face DUI and other charges, will have the opportunity to tell his story to a court of law. For him, this may include questioning all aspects of the blood alcohol tests administered to him and the procedures followed during his arrest. His right to present a defense is a fundamental one and is important to anyone who has been accused of such DUI charges.
Source: ClarionLedger.com, “Drunk preacher driving nude in Michigan arrested: police,” Aug. 8, 2012