Priest punches policeman

A Mexican priest ended up behind bars after punching a policemen who caught him drink driving.

Priest Manuel Raul Ortega, who was not wearing clerical dress but was clutching a prayer book when he was pulled over, launched himself at the traffic cop who pulled him over.

"The individual became very violent because they were going to tow away his car. He attacked a policeman and was taken away," Hector Lozano, a spokesman for the transit department said.

Ortega's papers identified him as a Catholic priest. He was released a few hours after his arrest after paying the fines for his offences, Reuters reported.

Monterrey and Mexico City are in the midst of a tough new drive to clamp down on widespread drunk driving after tequila and beer-fuelled lunches and parties.

Drunken Mexican priest punches cop (Reuters, 11/10/07)

15 Oct 2007