HILO >> A man who was once one of the highest-ranking American officials of the Roman Catholic Church had a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit when he was arrested in August.
The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports 79-year-old Cardinal William Joseph Levada of Menlo Park, California, pleaded no contest Jan. 25.
Police say Levada was driving on the Big Island when a Kona patrol officer saw him swerve and stopped him.
Court records say the cardinal’s blood alcohol level was .168.
His driver’s license was revoked for a year.
He was ordered to pay a fine and fees totaling $462.
Levada must also pursue any recommended substance abuse treatment.
The case is scheduled for a July 8 proof of compliance hearing.
Levada said in a statement after his arrest that he regretted his error in judgment.