SAN DIEGO (AP) – The installation of San Francisco’s new Roman Catholic archbishop comes three days after authorities say he pleaded guilty to reckless driving.
Salvatore Joseph Cordileone was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after he was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint Aug. 25 near San Diego State University.
The San Diego city attorney’s office says Cordileone pleaded guilty Monday. Spokeswoman Gina Coburn says the reduced reckless driving charge is common for first-time offenders.
Cordileone had been scheduled to appear in court next week on a more serious charge of driving under the influence.
U-T San Diego reports the San Diego native was fined and placed on three years’ probation. The newspaper says court records show his blood-alcohol level was 0.11 percent within three hours of the stop, above California’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
The new archbishop of San Francisco assumed office Thursday.
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