Priest who caused car accident in Moscow gets driver's license suspended
13.09.12 12:08 By News Dept.
The 31-year-old Hegumen Timofei serves at the Church of Elijah the Prophet in Moscow. Photo: RIA "Novosti"
A Moscow court has suspended the driver's license of a priest who was speeding, caused an accident in Moscow, and then refused to take a breath test. The judge suspended the priest of his driver's license for 20 months, our Gazeta.ru correspondent reports from the court room.
On July 31, 2012 Alexei Podobedov, who is Father Timofei in the Russian Orthodox Church, was driving a ] BMW Z4 sports car along a central road in Moscow, the Garden ring. According to witnesses, he lost control of the car and crashed into another car, the BMW was thrown into the oncoming lane where he hit another car.
The two other drivers claimed that the priest smelled of alcohol and his behavior was "crazy," however Podobedov refused to take a breathalyser test.
The video of Timofei's interrogation by police on the accident day was reported to have been "destroyed by a computer virus."
The 31-year-old Father Timofei serves in the Church of Elijah the Prophet in Moscow.
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