Skip to comments.Elderly Priest Arrested After Pursuit In Stolen Car
Posted on 04/09/2011 10:24:32 AM PDT by Gamecock
An elderly priest was arrested after a pursuit involving the New York State Police. It happened Monday in eastern New York. Police say Father Francis G. McCloskey, 71, of Cairo was in a stolen car and didn't stop when a trooper tried to pull him over.
The car was apparently an Enterprise Rent-A-Car that had never been returned.
Trooper Matthew Colwell was responding to a 911 report of a stolen vehicle. He came up on the car and attempted to stop it. Colwell reported that McCloskey took off but was eventually stopped in the town of Livingston.
The chase took place for about 10 minutes and no one was hurt. McCloskey was also wanted by the New York State Police in Lysander and the Hudson Police Department for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
The priest was wearing his clerical collar in the mug shot released by the state police.
McCloskey faces charges of fleeing an officer in a car, reckless driving and other charges. He was arraigned and sent to the Columbia County jail.
McCloskey does not have a parish but is affiliated with the anti-abortion group Oh Saratoga! He was a priest at the Diocese of Albany, ordained in 1963.
How many Hail Mary’s to cover this one?
Is this equal treatment under the law or are priests allowed to be charged with "unauthorized use of a motor vehicle" rather than CAR THEFT which is grand larceny?
Oh, an overdue rental car as opposed to a hot-wired one. Will we ever hear the rest of the story?
Well, I see a headline like this and my first thought is, well, that’s good for a chuckle.
Then I see that Gamecock posted it, and my second thought is, will the Catholic-bashing never cease? Good grief, don’t you have anything better to do?
Sounds like something Christ Matthews would say.
I don’t think you spelt his name right!
Um, it says he was “also wanted” by these other departments for those offenses. It doesn’t say that is what he is being charged with for this offense.
***Well, I see a headline like this and my first thought is, well, thats good for a chuckle.
Then I see that Gamecock posted it, and my second thought is, will the Catholic-bashing never cease?***
Anyone else posts it it’s OK.
I post it and it’s bashing.
Appears we have a double standard going on here.
Could be. My husband had something similar happen to him. He got in the wrong car, and couldn't figure out why the keys didn't work. Another time, he thought someone stole his car, when it was parked in front of him. He did other weird things when he still had his license, so I took his keys and became his chauffer.
lol. Crissy would probably love the allusion.
Do you see a difference there? The article says...
"McCloskey was also wanted by the New York State Police in Lysander and the Hudson Police Department for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle."
Maybe it means he was caught driving a truck without a trucking license. Or he was caught driving with his feet. Or blindfolded.
Regardless, I think we can safely assume this priest was also suspected of some other illegal activity (unless you think "unauthorized use of a motor vehicle" is legal.)
Why would say Catholic bashing? The priest is the one brought disrepute upon out religion with his sins. If anything the priest was Catholic bashing by creating bad public relations.
Not the post, but the comment.
Who else would think that a priest with unexplained rental car problems was a reason to attack the Catholic Church?
As I said to Gamecock, nothing wrong with posting it. But it is hardly grounds for yet another attack on the Catholic Church.