He's on a mission from God
By BRENDEN HILLS - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (AUSTRALIA)
Added: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 21:59:54 UTC
Thanks to Adie74 for the link to this example of judicial favouritism towards a preacher.
A VISITING American evangelist who claims healing powers has walked from a NSW court without even a fine despite driving 110km blind drunk and crashing into a parked car.
Self-claimed "prophet of God" Jason Hooper - touring with Hillsong protege Ben Hughes - declared God had forgiven him for his double-shot whisky binge that ended in a mangled wreck on the Mid North Coast.
"I've worked it out with the Lord. I was wrong," Hooper told The Sunday Telegraph.
It was a miracle the Christian revivalist, with a huge following in the US, didn't cause further turmoil on the Pacific Highway earlier this week after driving with a blood alcohol level of .206.
Hooper not only had God on his side but magistrate Wayne Evans who let him go, saying the preacher was a "person of good character" under a lot of "ministerial pressure".
The decision disgusted local police, who said Hooper could have been sent to jail for 18 months but got off with "a slap on the wrist".
The disgraced and dishevelled preacher, who claimed God had forgiven him for his terrible sins, also found he had the court on his side, escaping without a fine after he was involved in a crash with another car.
A member of the worldwide Morningstar Fellowship Church, Hooper - from South Carolina, was disqualified from driving in NSW for three years - a sentence that outraged local police and road-safety groups.
"When you think about the penalties for high-range drink-driving, he got off with a slap on the wrist," a police source said.
"The maximum fine is $3300 and you can go to jail for 18 months - he escaped both."
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