Worcester bishop charged with drunken driving

The leader of the Roman CatholicDiocese of Worcester, Mass. was arrested on charges of drunken driving andrefusal to submit to a chemical test.

Police said Bishop Robert McManuswas arrested Saturday night after a hit-and-run accident on Boston Neck Road inNarragansett. Chief Dean Hoxsie of the Narragansett Police Department said thedriver of the vehicle that was hit followed McManus and called police.

Police said McManus was arrestedat his nearby vacation house in Bonnet Shores.

In a statement, the 61-year-oldMcManus said he drove after drinking wine at dinner. He said he has no excusefor his mistake and is ready to accept its consequences and make amends.

"I ask forgiveness from thegood people whom I serve, as well as my family and friends in the Diocese ofWorcester and the Diocese of Providence," McManus said as part of astatement.

He was released on a summons andis scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in District Court in South Kingstown oncharges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

McManus declined to take a bloodalcohol test and faces an additional charge of refusing to submit to a chemicaltest, which will be heard before a traffic tribunal judge at a later time,Narragansett police said.

McManus is a Providence-nativeand served as auxiliary bishop in Providence for five years before he wasinstalled as head of the Worcester Diocese in 2004. He's past chairman of theU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Education.

A year ago, McManus pressured Anna Maria College, a Catholic school inPaxton, to rescind its invitation to U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's widow, VictoriaReggie Kennedy, to deliver its commencement address. McManus objected to herpublic support for abortion rights and gay marriage, which are against churchteachings. Kennedy later accepted an invitation to give the keynote address atcommencement for the Boston College School of Law, a Catholic school in theBoston Archdiocese.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.