SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former San Francisco archbishop and one of the highest-ranking American officials of the Roman Catholic Church has been arrested in Hawaii on suspicion of drunken driving.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Monday that Cardinal William Joseph Levada of Menlo Park was stopped last week while driving on the Big Island.

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Levada was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and released from jail after posting $500 bail. He is due in Kona District Court on Sept. 24.

In a statement issued through the Archdiocese of San Francisco, the 79-year-old Levada said he regrets his error in judgment and intends to cooperate with authorities.

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Authorities say Levada was stopped after a Kona patrol officer saw him swerve while driving on Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

Levada started serving as archbishop of San Francisco in 1995. In 2006 he was named a cardinal.

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