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Priest vs. Cop

Date 16 Oct 2007
Author The Editor

A Mexican priest briefly ended up behind bars after punching a policemen who caught him driving drunkenly through the streets of the northern city of Monterrey. Priest Manuel Raul Ortega, who was not wearing clerical dress but was clutching a prayer book when captured, launched himself at the traffic cop who pulled him over earlier this week.

"The individual became very violent because they were going to tow away his car. He attacked a policeman and was taken away," said transit department spokesman Hector Lozano on Thursday. Ortega's papers identified him as a priest. He was released a few hours after his arrest after paying the fines for his offences.

Monterrey is in the midst of a tough new drive to clamp down on widespread drink driving after tequila and beer-fuelled lunches and parties. And church services, by the sounds of it.

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