Maryland Episcopal Bishop DUI: In 2014, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland elected Heather Cook as its first female Bishop. On Friday, December 27, 2014, Bishop Heather Cook was involved in a collision with a bicycle. The rider of that bicycle was killed. Bishop Cook has been charged with DUI, Texting While Driving, Vehicular Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene of an Accident. Bishop Cook subsequently returned to the scene and surrendered herself to police.
Maryland Episcopal Bishop DUI: Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby, in her first official act, pledged to vigorously prosecute Bishop Cook. Bishop Cook submitted to a breath test that registered 0.22 grams per 210 Liters. Bishop Cook had been previously charged with DUI in 2010. According to law enforcement in that first DUI, Cook was driving around midnight with a flat tire, vomit on her shirt and so impaired she could not complete a sobriety test. Cook was also charged with possession of marijuana.
Maryland Episcopal Bishop DUI: Bishop Cook’s father, now deceased, was rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Rector Cook had been a strong force in addressing alcoholism among clergy. Rector Cook was himself an alcoholic.
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