Dearborn priest arrested for DUI while naked

Published On: Aug 09 2012 02:27:40 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 07 2012 06:38:01 PM EDT

A statement from the Archdiocese of Detroit indicates Father Peter Petroske, pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Dearborn, was stopped and arrested by police last Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

DETROIT -

A Catholic priest who serves as a pastor of a church in Dearborn was arrested for driving under the influence while naked and carrying a laptop computer.

A statement from the Archdiocese of Detroit indicates Father Peter Petroske, pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Dearborn, was stopped and arrested by police last Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Petroske is facing charges of indecent exposure because he was naked at the time he was arrested.  He also reportedly had a laptop computer with him in the car.

The Archdiocese has suspended Petroske indefinitely from his duties as pastor. He is not allowed on church property.  He cannot live in the rectory.  He cannot present himself as a priest.

Although the arrest took place last Thursday, Father Petroske said mass this past Sunday and did not report the arrest to the Archdiocese.

Father Petroske came to the Dearborn parish in 2008 after serving in Southgate. The Archdiocese has informed parish staff about Petroske's suspension.

A retired priest, Father Robert Blondell, will temporarily take over the role of pastor.

Dearborn police are not commenting on the case until formal charges have been filed.

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