Bishop faces Manslaugher
Published January 09, 2015 Associated Press
BALTIMORE – The second-highest leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland will be charged with vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving and texting in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist on a sunny weekend afternoon, Baltimore’s top prosecutor said Friday.
An arrest warrant will be issued for Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook, 58, whose blood-alcohol content was .22 after the wreck, nearly triple Maryland’s legal limit for driving, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said at a news conference.
The national Episcopal Church started investigating Cook last week to determine whether she violated church law, said diocesan spokeswoman Sharon Tillman.
This is not the first time Cook has been charged with drunken driving.
In 2010, a sheriff’s deputy on Maryland’s Eastern Shore wrote in a police report that Cook was driving on the shoulder at 29 mph in a 50-mph-zone with a shredded front tire. The car smelled of alcohol, Cook had vomit down the front of her shirt, and there was marijuana, a bottle of wine and a bottle of liquor in the vehicle, the report said. Cook’s blood-alcohol content was .27 percent. – Excerpts form Associated Press article