Priest from St. Charles Co. faces assault, DUI charges from car crash

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 | 4:08 p.m. CDT; updated 9:03 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

ST. CHARLES — A Catholic priest from St. Charles County is facing charges of second-degree assault and driving while intoxicated following an accident in St. Louis County.

Prosecutors say the Rev. John Brockland ran a red light and hit another car last month, leaving the other driver with a fractured clavicle, ribs and pelvis.

Authorities say Brockland failed a field sobriety test. Brockland was not in custody as of midday Wednesday, and police issued an arrest warrant.

Brockland has been a pastor at Sts.Joachim & Ann parish for nearly a year and has served in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for more than 17 years.

In a statement, the archdiocese says its prayers for a full recovery are with the injured driver and family.

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