Police officers from Otwock near Warsaw detained a 74-year-old man. The man was wanted to serve a prison sentence for driving despite a court ban and under the influence of alcohol. As we found out, the detainee is a retired priest.
– While on duty, officers from the District Police Headquarters in Otwock noticed a 74-year-old man they knew. The man was wanted to serve a 10-month prison sentence for driving under the influence of alcohol, despite having a driving ban. The police detained the man and took him into custody – confirmed to us the press officer of the District Police Commander in Otwock, Sgt. pcs. Patryk Domarecki.
As we found out, the detainee is a retired priest.
He was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol
The priest was previously convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. Then the court decided that he would no longer be able to get behind the wheel. However, the priest did not comply with the ban. He was detained again, and the case was brought before the District Court in Mińsk Mazowiecki.
– The judgment was passed on October 26, 2020 and is final. In the case, the accused was found guilty of committing an offense under Article 244 of the Penal Code – the accused did not comply with the final court decision prohibiting driving any motor vehicles and was sentenced to a fine of 200 daily rates, PLN 20 each, and a punitive measure in the form of a ban on driving any motor vehicles. a period of two years and the accused was released from paying court costs – judge Agnieszka Karłowicz told us.
Moreover, as Katarzyna Skrzeczkowska, spokeswoman for the Warsaw-Praga District Prosecutor’s Office, informed us, the proceedings in the case of the detained priest were also conducted by the Prague prosecutor’s office. The investigation concerned driving with a revoked driving license. The incident occurred in 2021.
“Canonically obliged to change one’s lifestyle”
The priest has been one of the residents of the Home for Retired Priests in Otwock for many years. However, as we found out, the police did not knock on the facility earlier.
– According to the information I have obtained, the justice institutions did not contact the curia or the administration of the Diocesan Home for Retired Priests in order to determine the whereabouts of Father Józef, Fr. told us. Dawid Sychowski, spokesman for the Warsaw-Praga diocese.
– Information about living in the Diocesan Home for Retired Priests is placed on the official website of the Warsaw-Praga diocese in the profile of a specific priest and is public. The Warsaw-Praga Curia undertakes appropriate cooperation with competent state authorities after receiving appropriate instructions, he assured.
We also asked whether the priest’s problems were known in the parish. – Based on their knowledge, Father Józef’s superiors took actions to provide help in the situation. In accordance with the decisions made by the justice system, Father Józef was also subject to restrictions by the diocesan authorities in exercising his pastoral functions, and was canonically obliged to change his lifestyle and work on his problems. Due to the lack of satisfactory results, he was removed from pastoral work 11 years earlier before the retirement age provided for by church law, the spokesman concluded.
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