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'Drunk' priest blames Holy Wine

2009-06-28 09:51

Rome - An Italian priest caught driving over the alcohol limit pleaded to police that it was only because of the Holy Wine he had drunk as part of the mass, Ansa news agency reported on Saturday.

Police rejected the priest's excuse and revoked his driving licence anyway.

Now the 41-year-old priest is set to appeal against the ruling, saying his alcohol consumption was not "voluntary" since it was part of the Catholic ritual in the four masses that he had celebrated during the day.

He was caught coming off the Milan-Turin motorway with a blood alcohol content of 0.8 grams - above the authorised limit in Italy of 0.5 grams.

AFP