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Worcester Bishop pleads not guilty to DUI charge

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Dee DeQuattro


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

McManus was released on $1,000 personal recognizance. He also faces a civil charge of refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test.

On Saturday Narragansett Police responded to the area of Boston Neck Road and Bridgetown Road after a report of a hit-and-run accident.

On the scene a man identified as John Smith said his vehicle was struck by another vehicle that proceeded to drive to 215 Col John Gardner Road.

Police arrived at the home to find Bishop McManus standing outside his 2012 Honda Accord. The vehicle has sustained damage to the driver side consistent with the accident.

McManus, according to police, was swaying and slurring. He stated he may have hit the other vehicle and not realized it.

Police say they smelled a moderate amount of alcohol on McManus's breath and he had bloodshot eyes.

McManus agreed to submit to a field sobriety test including the horizontal gaze nystagmus, the walk and turn test, and the one leg stand test. McManus failed each of the tests and was subsequently arrested.

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