DUI Arrest for Germany’s Top Protestant Bishop

By Topher

Margot Kassmann is the country’s highest Protestant minister, and she is the head of the Evangelical Church in Germany. And as we’ve seen many times, those in high office are not immune to driving under the influence and the impact that it can have on a life and a public image.

Kassman faces DUI charges after she tested for three times the legal blood-alcohol content level, according to USA Today.

Kassmann was stopped after she was seen running a red light in the northern German city of Hanover. Police gathered a sample of her blood for testing, and her BAC came back at 0.154 percent.

The legal blood-alcohol level to drive in Germany is 0.05, meaning that Kassmann had tripled the acceptable levels.

Jurgen Lendeckel, a state prosecutor, said of the blood-alcohol content that “the value of 0.11 is a threshold. Everything beyond that means absolutely unfit to drive and results in prosecution.”

According to police, Kassmann’s driver’s license was confiscated, and legal proceedings were already moving forward.

About the incident, Kassmann was not hesitant to take complete responsibility for her actions, saying, “I am alarmed at myself at having made such a bad mistake. I am aware of how dangerous and irresponsible drunk driving is. I will of course face up to the legal consequences.”

Kassman was selected to lead Germany’s Protestant church, which comprises some 25 million members, last October. She has faced scrutiny in the past for her position on military issues, with the message, to quote Spiegel Online, “that the military mission in Afghanistan can’t be justified, and calling for withdrawal of German troops.”

She was also a lightning rod choice for the post because she was the first German bishop to file for divorce. However, she had a reputation as a modernizer who supported the improvement of relations with the Catholic church.

In addition to leading the Evangelical Church in Germany, she is still the bishop of the Evangelical Church in Hanover, Germany. She is an experienced theologian, having studied at numerous universities in Germany.

The Protestant church had no additional comments on the situation, other than what Kassmann told the media.