Bishop Found Guilty For DWI Crash

Bishop Found Guilty For DWI Crash

The Pioneer Press reported that Bruce Burnside, a Lutheran bishop, was formally charged with three felonies: homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, hit and run resulting in death, and homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.  In addition to those DWI charges, he also received a misdemeanor hit and run for hitting another vehicle.

According to a witness report, Burnside hit and killed Maureen Mengelt in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and did not stop but instead attempted to flee the scene. Mengelt, a 52 year old mother and a former teacher, was running along a blacktop path where it crosses the bottom of a Highway 151 off-ramp when she was struck. Police officers spotted Burnside in a convenience store that he drove to when driving away from the crime scene. Legal officers claimed that Burnside initially denied he’d been DWI and said he was running late for a church ceremony. Burnside was administered an alcohol blood content test and failed. He scored 0.128%, violating Wisconsin’s legal limit of .08%.

Burnside received a $150,000 bail bond. However, he remained in custody until it was reverted to a  signature bond with no cash down and an order to enter an alcohol rehabilitation facility. A representative of South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where Burnside is in charge of about 145 congregations, commented that they will release information regarding Burnside’s position later during the week.

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled Wisconsin DWI for legal assistance.

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