A Long Island nun was arrested for drunken driving after barreling a church-owned car through a neighborhood and into a tree.  The 68-year-old Lauren Hanley had a bottle of liquor in the car.  Her blood alcohol level was two times above the legal limit at 0.18 when she was arrested after the accident and taken into custody.

Sister Henley worked at the St. Frances de Chantal Church as a spiritual development director.  She reported to police that she had been drinking since 3 p.m.  Court records show the woman admitted to drinking a half a pint of gin.  She hit the tree at 6:30 p.m. which sent her car to the opposite side of the street, facing the wrong direction.

When officers got to the scene, they smelled a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, along with slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.  The cops found  a water bottle in the backseat that smelled like alcohol. Sister Henley admitted to drinking gin out of the bottle.

Sister Henley was charged with two misdemeanors, which included driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated.  She also got an infraction for driving an vehicle that hadn’t been inspected.

Now drinking and driving is never funny, except in this case it is slightly hilarious.  A nun that’s in charge of spiritual development is caught drunk?  I don’t know if I would go to her if I needed to develop my spirituality.  That’s hilarious.  She’s supposed to be an example to everyone and here she was getting her mugshot.

Nuns are supposed to be pious, conservative, solitary, and responsible.  They are seen as high-principled individuals that we should be emulating.  Now this one must have had a truly rotten day to be drinking at 3 in the afternoon, and then driving home drunk.  I bet that she was drinking on the job if she began at 3 p.m. and was on her way home when she hit into the tree.  This is a little bit sacreligious and seems too goofy to be true.

I can only imagine that instead of using a veil to cover her hair, she might want to use the paper bag she got her gin in, to put over her entire head.  Maybe then fewer people will recognize her.  I find this truly funny but when it comes down to it everyone makes mistakes and apparently that even includes nuns.

Hopefully she will still have her job in spiritual development, but she may have some repenting to do first. I’m sure that everything will work out, but I hope she learned her lesson, because it could have had a tragic ending.

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