Germany’s Protestant head arrested for drink driving

The female head of Germany’s Protestant church has been accused of driving her £80,000 official limousine while three times over the drink-drive limit.

 By Allan Hall in Berlin
Published: 11:23AM GMT 23 Feb 2010
Germany's Protestant head arrested for drink driving

Bishop Margot Kaessmann Photo: EPA

Police pulled over Bishop Margot Kaessmann, 51, at the wheel of her powerful VW Phaeton car after she ran a red light in Hanover.

A positive breath test resulted in her being driven to a police station where she gave a blood sample, the results of which were released yesterday morning by the public prosecutor’s office in the city.

She had a blood-alcohol reading of 1.54 mg – over three times the legal limit. An automatic fine and loss of licence will follow. It remains unclear if the incident will cost her job as head of the nation’s Protestant faith.

Bishop Kaessmann later said; „I have frightened myself that I made such a bad error. I am aware how dangerous and irresponsible it is to have alcohol at the wheel of a car. I will naturally accept the legal consequences.”

In Germany the legal limit is 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood

Bishop Kaessmann, who is the head of 25 million Protestants in Germany, has been a thorn in the side of the Berlin government recently with her repeated calls for Germany to walk away from the mission in Afghanistan.

A mother of four, she is the only divorced Bishop in the country.