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Worcester bishop failed 3 sobriety exams

Arrest report says speech was slurred

WAKEFIELD, R.I. — Minutes after he allegedly hit a car in traffic and fled the scene Saturday night, Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester was so wobbly that a police officer halted his field sobriety test because he feared that McManus would fall and injure himself, according to a police report.

McManus’s eyes fluttered and were bloodshot, his speech was slurred, and when he was asked to count he could not. McManus told the officer that “he may have hit a vehicle but he didn’t realize he did.’’ He ­refused a breathalyzer test.

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