Police: Akron priest charged with drunk driving

8:15 AM, Mar 4, 2011   |    comments
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BRIMFIELD TOWNSHIP -- When asked to step out of his car Sunday night, Fr. Ignatius J. Kury II told police that he couldn't because he was "a contestant on American Idol."

He also told police that Oprah Winfrey was going to come after the police for what they were doing to him.

Police say that Sunday's arrest is the fourth arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol for Kury, a Ukranian Byzantine Catholic priest. Police say he's been convicted on three previous occasions.

Kury is scheduled to appear in Kent Municipal Court Friday morning before Judge Kevin Poland for operating his 1997 Chrysler LHS while under the influence of alcohol and failure to control it.

Kury, 35, calls the Holy Ghost Ukranian Byzantine Catholic Church on Brown Street in Akron home.

Police arrested Kury around midnight Sunday after he had driven the Chrysler into a swamp near the corner Meloy and Sandylake roads.

When police approached the car, Kury crawled over into the back seat and put a jacket over his head, according to the police report and Police Chief David Blough.

When asked to step out of the car, Kury told police that he couldn't because he was "a contestant on American Idol."

He also told police that Oprah Winfrey was going to come after the police for what they were doing to him.

When he finally was brought out of the car, they charged him with OVI and failure to control his car.

While Kury was in the township police's holding cell, police say that he dropped his pants, exposed himself, and made sexual comments and overtures to police officers.

Blough said Kury was released to a family member Monday. Blough said police videotaped Kury in the holding cell the whole time.

Kury also told police that he "never should have gone to the Oscar party."

"We normally do not videotape our holding cells, but he was acting so strangely that we felt we should," Blough told Channel 3 News. "He acted very strange until a family member came and picked him up."

Blough said Kury's blood-alcohol level was 0.20 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

Officials at the Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic diocese declined to comment. Kury could not be reached for comment.

WKYC-TV

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