- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A man who was once one of the highest-ranking American officials of the Roman Catholic Church had a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit when he was arrested in August.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Vdflfo) 79-year-old Cardinal William Joseph Levada of Menlo Park, California, pleaded no contest Jan. 25.

Police say Levada was driving on the Big Island when a Kona patrol officer saw him swerve and stopped him.

Court records say the cardinal’s blood alcohol level was .168.

His driver’s license was revoked for a year.



He was ordered to pay a fine and fees totaling $462.

Levada must also pursue any recommended substance abuse treatment.

The case is scheduled for a July 8 proof of compliance hearing.

Levada said in a statement after his arrest that he regretted his error in judgment.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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