According to Maricopa County Superior Court records, O'Brien did not contact police about the accident after a fellow priest informed him Sunday night that detectives were looking for him and the vehicle. On Monday morning, the bishop made phone inquiries about replacing his damaged windshield before police confronted him.When first questioned, O'Brien told officers he was driving the car Saturday and thought he hit a dog or cat or someone threw a rock at his car, according to court records.
...At an initial appearance Monday evening, bail was set at $45,000. O'Brien posted bond and was released. Hewas ordered to turn in his passport and was banned from leaving the state pending a June 25 arraignment. A judge denied his request to attend the U.S. Conference of Bishops this week in St. Louis.