Groundbreaking female Episcopal bishop charged with manslaughter and drunk driving

In a spectacular fall from grace, Maryland’s second-highest ranking Episcopal leader and the first female bishop in her diocese was charged with drunken driving and manslaughter after fatally striking a cyclist in late December.

Heather Cook, 58, turned herself in to authorities Friday, according to her attorney, David Irwin. Online court records show Cook’s bail was set at $2.5 million.

It was unclear late Friday whether she had posted bail. A trial is scheduled for February 6.

The charges came less than a week after the national Episcopal Church announced it had opened an investigation into Cook, whose ties to the church span generations…

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