Priest charged with DUI after crashing into church

A priest that crashed his car into his Allegheny County church more than a month ago has been charged with driving under the influence.

Rev. James Mazurek is accused of driving drunk after he crashed his car into Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Millvale on July 11, reports WPXI.

According to police,  Mazurek had a “strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” and “blood shot eyes.”

Mazurek declined to elaborate with WPXI on the incident when reached for comment Friday, saying the charges have not been settled.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh also declined to comment, but said the matter is between Mazurek and his parishioners.

Mazurek reportedly had a blood alcohol content of 0.09 percent and 0.10 percent in two different tests. Pennsylvania’s legal limit is 0.08 percent.

On the same day as the crash, Mazurek was introduced on the church’s Facebook page as the new administrator.

Mazurek continues to work at Holy Spirit Church.

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