Ohio priest to rehab after video of drunken rant

Author: Staff
Date Published: 03/05/2011

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – A defense lawyer says an Ohio priest is ashamed of a police video showing him swearing, ranting and crying after an arrest on a drunken-driving charge and plans to enter a rehabilitation center.

Attorney Walter Benson tells the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper the Rev. Ignatius Kury plans to enter a center in Maryland next week. Benson tells WEWS-TV that Kury is ”mortified by his behavior.”

Bishop John Bura of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of St. Josaphat says Kury has been removed as pastor of Holy Ghost Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Church in Akron while he undergoes treatment.

The 35-year-old Kury was arrested Sunday in Brimfield and videotaped while handcuffed to a cinderblock wall. He pleaded not guilty Friday in Kent Municipal Court to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and was released without bond.