Mass. bishop pleads not guilty to DUI charge

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (MyFoxBoston.com) — 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.

A police log obtained by FOX 25 showed police received a 911 call from two people around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, each reporting an erratic driver in Narragansett, R.I. One witness told police his car was hit and following the collision and the driver just kept going. So the victim decided to follow the driver home and then call police.

Authorities said the driver that allegedly hit him was McManus. Officials said the bishop refused to take a breathalyzer test and was arrested for driving drunk.

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.