Priest gets probation for 2004 crash in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Catholic priest has admitted in court that he caused a crash on Interstate 5 more than 13 years ago.

The Eugene Register-Guard reports Richard Renato Boyle, 70, was sentenced Monday to two years of probation and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service after pleading guilty in Lane County Circuit Court to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving.

The case relates to an Aug. 15, 2004, crash in Eugene-Springfield that caused minor injuries to a Hillsboro couple, whose vehicle collided with Boyle’s car as the priest began to make a U-turn on the freeway. State troopers did not ticket Boyle at the scene, and he says he never received notice of his originally scheduled arraignment date in November 2004.

A warrant for his arrest was issued in August 2005.

Boyle’s attorney, Max Mizejewski of Eugene, had sought to get the case dismissed.