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Catholic bishop of Phoenix arrested
FOXNEWS | 6/16/2003 | John Gibson

Posted on 06/16/2003 2:12:52 PM PDT by sinkspur

Roman Catholic bishop John O'Brien was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident, and his car impounded.


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KEYWORDS: bishop; hitandrun; obrien; phoenix
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Drunk?
1 posted on 06/16/2003 2:12:52 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: sinkspur
Drunk?

His last name is O'Brien.

4 posted on 06/16/2003 2:14:22 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: Thane_Banquo
"Drunk? His last name is O'Brien.

another Irish joke...even sadder.

5 posted on 06/16/2003 2:15:49 PM PDT by bedolido (Where'd I put that Tin-Foil Hat?)
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To: Thane_Banquo
First name, Potatoes?
6 posted on 06/16/2003 2:17:04 PM PDT by The Radical Capitalist
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To: sinkspur
For leaving the scene of a fatal accident

According to NewsAlert on FoxNews.
7 posted on 06/16/2003 2:17:11 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Alberta's Child; Aloysius; AniGrrl; Antoninus; Bellarmine; BlackElk; Canticle_of_Deborah; Dajjal; ..
BUSTED!
8 posted on 06/16/2003 2:17:19 PM PDT by Loyalist (Keeper of the Schismatic Orc Ping List. Freepmail me if you want on or off it.)
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To: bedolido
Sorry, I couldn't resist.
9 posted on 06/16/2003 2:17:42 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: sinkspur
You are fast!
10 posted on 06/16/2003 2:17:54 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Bishop O'Brien arrested in fatal hit-and-run

Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic

After more than four hours of questioning, Phoenix police this afternoon arrested Bishop Thomas O'Brien in the fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian this weekend.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., the bishop left in a plain-clothes police car. Police said he was under arrest and being booked on a count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a Class 4 felony. He's expected to be arraigned later Monday.

O'Brien is accused of hitting and killing a 43-year-old pedestrian as the man was jaywalking across Glendale Avenue near 19th Avenue, authorities said.

The pedestrian, Jim L. Reed, was pronounced dead at John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain folowing the accident, which occurred about 8:35 p.m.

A Phoenix police spokeswoman said two cars struck Reed, the first identified by witnesses as a four-door, tan Buick Park Avenue. The car was later traced to O'Brien, said the spokeswoman, Sgt. Lauri Williams.

The drivers of both vehicles fled.

During police questioning, O'Brien told investigators that he was the only person with keys to the Buick and that he was driving in the area Saturday night following a church mass in Buckeye.

According to Williams, the bishop said "he was driving the vehicle (Saturday night) and he might have hit something, but we don't know more."

The right front end and windshield of O'Brien's car sustained damage. Police took away the Park Avenue on a flat-bed truck as evidence.

O'Brien recently avoided possible criminal prosecution for obstruction of justice in connection with alleged sexual misconduct by Catholic priests in Arizona during the past two decades. He has been beleagured by calls for his resignation because of that scandal.

Police said O'Brien, who has a perfect driving record in the past 10 years, is cooperating with the fatality investigation, authorities said, and some details of the accident remain sketchy.

On Monday afternoon, Richard Moyer, vigar of the Diocese of Phoenix, issued a statement: "I sincerely regret reports I've received about Bishop O'Brien being involved in a fatal accident. The sympathies of all of us at the Diocese of Phoenix as well as our prayerful support go out to the victim's family. The Diocese will cooperate fully in any police investigation. No further statement will be made while the investigation proceeds."

A police search warrant has been served at O'Brien's house in north-central Phoenix.

Greg Leisse, in-house consul for the diocese, said after meeting with the bishop Monday at his house, "He seems upset, but he seems well." He didn't elaborate.

Leisse also said that the church is "trying to find out what happened and see what, if anything, the diocese needs to do so we can do the right thing."

Police are still trying to track down the second vehicle.

11 posted on 06/16/2003 2:18:09 PM PDT by sinkspur
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To: Thane_Banquo
I know this is serious... but that was funny
12 posted on 06/16/2003 2:18:51 PM PDT by bedolido (Where'd I put that Tin-Foil Hat?)
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To: sinkspur
Bishop O'Brien arrested in fatal hit-and-run

Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic

Dennis Wagner and Judd Slivka
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 16, 2003 01:55 PM


After more than four hours of questioning, Phoenix police this afternoon arrested Bishop Thomas O'Brien in the fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian this weekend.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., the bishop left in a plain-clothes police car. Police said he was under arrest and being booked on a count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a Class 4 felony. He's expected to be arraigned later Monday.

O'Brien is accused of hitting and killing a 43-year-old pedestrian as the man was jaywalking across Glendale Avenue near 19th Avenue, authorities said.

The pedestrian, Jim L. Reed, was pronounced dead at John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain folowing the accident, which occurred about 8:35 p.m.

A Phoenix police spokeswoman said two cars struck Reed, the first identified by witnesses as a four-door, tan Buick Park Avenue. The car was later traced to O'Brien, said the spokeswoman, Sgt. Lauri Williams.

The drivers of both vehicles fled.

During police questioning, O'Brien told investigators that he was the only person with keys to the Buick and that he was driving in the area Saturday night following a church mass in Buckeye.

According to Williams, the bishop said "he was driving the vehicle (Saturday night) and he might have hit something, but we don't know more."

The right front end and windshield of O'Brien's car sustained damage. Police took away the Park Avenue on a flat-bed truck as evidence.

O'Brien recently avoided possible criminal prosecution for obstruction of justice in connection with alleged sexual misconduct by Catholic priests in Arizona during the past two decades. He has been beleagured by calls for his resignation because of that scandal.

Police said O'Brien, who has a perfect driving record in the past 10 years, is cooperating with the fatality investigation, authorities said, and some details of the accident remain sketchy.

On Monday afternoon, Richard Moyer, vigar of the Diocese of Phoenix, issued a statement: "I sincerely regret reports I've received about Bishop O'Brien being involved in a fatal accident. The sympathies of all of us at the Diocese of Phoenix as well as our prayerful support go out to the victim's family. The Diocese will cooperate fully in any police investigation. No further statement will be made while the investigation proceeds."

A police search warrant has been served at O'Brien's house in north-central Phoenix.

Greg Leisse, in-house consul for the diocese, said after meeting with the bishop Monday at his house, "He seems upset, but he seems well." He didn't elaborate.

Leisse also said that the church is "trying to find out what happened and see what, if anything, the diocese needs to do so we can do the right thing."

Police are still trying to track down the second vehicle.



Please return for updates later.


Here is the link for this:
http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0616obrien-fatality-ON.html
13 posted on 06/16/2003 2:19:49 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: sinkspur
Damage to fender and windshield. He did alot more than graze the pedestrian.

Sad. For all involved.

Prairie
14 posted on 06/16/2003 2:20:35 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (The "Religion of Peace" says it's OK to kill your daughter if you think she's behaved shamefully.)
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To: sinkspur
O'Brien recently avoided possible criminal prosecution for obstruction of justice in connection with alleged sexual misconduct by Catholic priests in Arizona during the past two decades. He has been beleagured by calls for his resignation because of that scandal.

Perhaps he will listen to those calls now.

15 posted on 06/16/2003 2:21:37 PM PDT by Slicksadick
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To: sinkspur
The faithful of Phoenix really need our prayers. Who knows what the investigation will uncover.
16 posted on 06/16/2003 2:22:15 PM PDT by Dusty Rose
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To: sinkspur
Maybe now the Vatican will fire this guy?
17 posted on 06/16/2003 2:23:14 PM PDT by Aloysius
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To: jocon307
So this is the only way we can get rid of these losers?
18 posted on 06/16/2003 2:23:33 PM PDT by RobbyS
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To: sinkspur
More from the Arizona Republic:

 

Bishop O'Brien arrested in fatal hit-and-run

Dennis Wagner and Judd Slivka
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 16, 2003 01:55 PM

 

After more than four hours of questioning, Phoenix police this afternoon arrested Bishop Thomas O'Brien in the fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian this weekend.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., the bishop left in a plain-clothes police car. Police said he was under arrest and being booked on a count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a Class 4 felony. He's expected to be arraigned later Monday.

O'Brien is accused of hitting and killing a 43-year-old pedestrian as the man was jaywalking across Glendale Avenue near 19th Avenue, authorities said.

The pedestrian, Jim L. Reed, was pronounced dead at John C. Lincoln Hospital-North Mountain following the accident, which occurred about 8:35 p.m.

A Phoenix police spokeswoman said two cars struck Reed, the first identified by witnesses as a four-door, tan Buick Park Avenue. The car was later traced to O'Brien, said the spokeswoman, Sgt. Lauri Williams.

The drivers of both vehicles fled.



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More on Arizona's priest scandal »

During police questioning, O'Brien told investigators that he was the only person with keys to the Buick and that he was driving in the area Saturday night following a church mass in Buckeye.

According to Williams, the bishop said "he was driving the vehicle (Saturday night) and he might have hit something, but we don't know more."

The right front end and windshield of O'Brien's car sustained damage. Police took away the Park Avenue on a flat-bed truck as evidence.

O'Brien recently avoided possible criminal prosecution for obstruction of justice in connection with alleged sexual misconduct by Catholic priests in Arizona during the past two decades. He has been beleaguered by calls for his resignation because of that scandal.

Police said O'Brien, who has a perfect driving record in the past 10 years, is cooperating with the fatality investigation, authorities said, and some details of the accident remain sketchy.

On Monday afternoon, Richard Moyer, vigar of the Diocese of Phoenix, issued a statement: "I sincerely regret reports I've received about Bishop O'Brien being involved in a fatal accident. The sympathies of all of us at the Diocese of Phoenix as well as our prayerful support go out to the victim's family. The Diocese will cooperate fully in any police investigation. No further statement will be made while the investigation proceeds."

A police search warrant has been served at O'Brien's house in north-central Phoenix.

Greg Leisse, in-house consul for the diocese, said after meeting with the bishop Monday at his house, "He seems upset, but he seems well." He didn't elaborate.

Leisse also said that the church is "trying to find out what happened and see what, if anything, the diocese needs to do so we can do the right thing."

Police are still trying to track down the second vehicle.



Please return for updates later.

19 posted on 06/16/2003 2:23:41 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: sinkspur
The article says the pedestrian was jaywalking. That could mean almost anything, but it's possible he stepped into the road and the bishop didn't see him until too late. OTOH, leaving the scene of an accident, especially when there's some possibility you might be able to help the victim, just isn't done.
20 posted on 06/16/2003 2:23:59 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Dusty Rose
This happened Saturday night! That means this guy sat around for 36 hours, knowing he'd hit somebody, hard, and made no effort to do anything about it or talk to authorities.

Or, worse, he didn't know he'd hit somebody. Or, somebody else was in the car with him and he doesn't want anybody to find out about it.

Just speculating here why a bishop would hide.

22 posted on 06/16/2003 2:27:18 PM PDT by sinkspur (!)
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To: sinkspur
The drivers of both vehicles fled.

The way things are going for the Catholic Church, the second car was probably driven by a nun.

23 posted on 06/16/2003 2:27:38 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Cicero
Especially when you're a Catholic bishop, for God's sake.

Stick a fork in him, he's done.
25 posted on 06/16/2003 2:27:55 PM PDT by thoughtomator (Road Map = Road Kill)
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To: sinkspur
Who does he think he is, Teddy Kennedy??? Bad enough that TWO cars hit this guy, and both fled the scene. But who would have figured one was Bishop? Wierd thing is the Bishop may not have been initially at fault in the accident.
26 posted on 06/16/2003 2:30:32 PM PDT by Williams
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To: sinkspur
Personally, I think this is the tip of the iceberg. Did they do a thorough search of his home as well? I have thought for a long time that he has/had much to hide and that he, too, was probably involved in many things that have been circulating in the AZ news lately.

How are church members handling all of this? Do they still leave their children with church leaders for church classes/events,etc.?

27 posted on 06/16/2003 2:32:04 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Let's show Janet the door in 2006!!)
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To: bedolido
A drunk Irishman is no joke
28 posted on 06/16/2003 2:33:03 PM PDT by .45MAN (If you don't like it here try and find a better country, Please!!)
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To: sinkspur
Whew. What got me was the article says he's upset, but doing well. How can he be doing well! I feel upset not even knowing the bishop and being hundreds and hundreds of miles away. Reminds me just a bit of Chappaquidick. The poor family of the victim, and the people of Phoenix who are now wondering what their bishop was up to. Sad, sad. Hitting is most serious, and leaving the scene is unthinkable.
29 posted on 06/16/2003 2:33:32 PM PDT by Dusty Rose
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To: Cicero
Anyone can be involved in an accident, and under certain cirucmstances, even a careful drive can hit a pedestrian who darts into the street.

That said, it is IMPOSSIBLE this Bishop didn't know he'd hit someone or something.

For the Bishop to leave the scene, when there was a possiblity that someone was hurt or dying, is an UTTER ABDICATION OF HIS PRIESTLY DUTIES for which he should be DEFROCKED.

30 posted on 06/16/2003 2:33:41 PM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo [Gallia][Germania][Arabia] Esse Delendam --- Select One or More as needed)
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To: bedolido
sad.

Yes, it is.

[The] Catholic church has no credibility anymore.

With all due respect: Sez you.

The Church is full of sinners. I'm one of them. A pectoral cross and a Roman collar is no more a guarantee of personal sanctity than a driving license is a guarantee of good driving skills. We've had Popes in the past whose actions would make those of this bishop look like Fred Rogers at the piano.

Despite their personal wickedness, however, not one of them ever taught error as Truth.

The Catholic Church, like our Lord its Founder, is infallible -- the most credible institution that has ever existed or will ever exist. The people who inhabit it, sadly, are all too fallible indeed. Bishop O'Brien ought to have the book thrown at him -- both the statute book and the Good Book.

Our prayers for the victim of this senseless crime.

31 posted on 06/16/2003 2:35:13 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: Aloysius
No way...this is the only way a bishop will get pinched...certainly not for demonstrating in front of a deathateria.
32 posted on 06/16/2003 2:35:38 PM PDT by steve8714
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To: bedolido
Okay, let me get this straight. We have a bad Bishop in Arizona and suddenly the entire Church (which includes 800+ million members) has no credibility?

Please take you Catholic-Bashing elsewhere.

As to the Bishop, he should be arrested, prosecuted and removed from his position.

33 posted on 06/16/2003 2:35:55 PM PDT by CWW
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To: Aloysius
"Maybe now the Vatican will fire this guy?"

Amen to that. . .

and of course, always 'too late smart' in these situations. . .

34 posted on 06/16/2003 2:37:33 PM PDT by cricket
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To: B-Chan
Remember the Church is not infallible in all things, and uses its infallibility best when it uses it least, and for the most important moral cause.
35 posted on 06/16/2003 2:37:55 PM PDT by steve8714
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To: Salvation
What a piece of work.

Well, forget it, excellency. Even the Vatican won't back you on this one.

IS this what it's going to take to get rid of some of these guys?
36 posted on 06/16/2003 2:38:14 PM PDT by Desdemona
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To: sinkspur
Damn him! He didn't even perform last rites on the guy before he drove away. Some servent of god, I say!
37 posted on 06/16/2003 2:40:25 PM PDT by Lockbar
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plain-clothes police car

Uh, interesting wording.

Æ

38 posted on 06/16/2003 2:40:46 PM PDT by AgentEcho (If you're in a fair fight you've done something wrong.)
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To: sinkspur
Wow, neither driver stopped?

Where's the love?

39 posted on 06/16/2003 2:41:21 PM PDT by Cap'n Crunch
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To: Desdemona
O'Brien recently avoided possible criminal prosecution for obstruction of justice in connection with alleged sexual misconduct by Catholic priests in Arizona during the past two decades. He has been beleagured by calls for his resignation because of that scandal.

Would it be terribly tin-foiled of me to ask if O'Brien knew the victim?

40 posted on 06/16/2003 2:42:55 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: CatoRenasci
Hearing even an unusual thump, I'd be concerned even about hitting an animal, or I'd even want to stop to check out any car damage. The logical thing to do would be to pull over and find out what happened. And, hitting a pedestrian...if an accident, you'd think he'd get out to check on the welfare of the person, and certainly, as a bishop, to pray.
41 posted on 06/16/2003 2:42:59 PM PDT by Dusty Rose
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To: sinkspur
**Just speculating here why a bishop would hide.**

Hmmmmmm.

I'll see if I can figure it out. </sarcasm off
42 posted on 06/16/2003 2:44:38 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Cap'n Crunch
Wow, neither driver stopped? Where's the love?

You have to understand. The bishop is an Important Person.

He has many more Important Things to do, and cannot stop for every minor inconvenience.

43 posted on 06/16/2003 2:46:21 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: bedolido
another Irish joke

What's Irish and stays out all night? Patio Furniture.

44 posted on 06/16/2003 2:46:49 PM PDT by laredo44
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To: steve8714
I'm not trying to hijack the thread. But...

**Remember the Church is not infallible in all things, and uses its infallibility best when it uses it least, and for the most important moral cause.**

This had been done only two times in the entire history of the Catholic Church.

45 posted on 06/16/2003 2:47:38 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sinkspur
Do bishops normally drive themselves? They don't have drivers?
46 posted on 06/16/2003 2:50:16 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: sinkspur
"Just speculating here why a bishop would hide."

Agree with your 'speculations'. . .and no doubt,he was hiding or just 'getting his grip';

. . .or maybe he just thought a deer jumped off the city sidewalk or somesuch. . . .

Pathetic, pathetic excuses for Moral leadership. . .

47 posted on 06/16/2003 2:51:00 PM PDT by cricket
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
"The way things are going for the Catholic Church, the second car was probably driven by a nun."

. . .a humble. . . LOL!

48 posted on 06/16/2003 2:52:42 PM PDT by cricket
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To: sinkspur
Not to put to fine a point on it, but as a priest was he not also obligated to see if the guy under the tire marks wanted the Last Rites?
49 posted on 06/16/2003 2:53:18 PM PDT by John Beresford Tipton
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To: John Beresford Tipton
"Not to put to fine a point on it, but as a priest was he not also obligated to see if the guy under the tire marks wanted the Last Rites?"

. . .not necessarily; he might have known he was an atheist. . .or. . .

he might have thought he was a deer.

50 posted on 06/16/2003 2:55:21 PM PDT by cricket
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