STATEMENT FROM REP. KERRY BURT ON RESOLUTION OF OWI CASE
"I wish to apologize to my family, colleagues, constituents, and all who
share Iowa's roads for my poor judgment in drinking and driving. There
is no one but me to blame for my foolish decision. Everyone who knows
me recognizes that this action was completely out of character, and I
will not allow it to happen again.
In the hope of setting the record straight so that all of us may move
forward, I will relay what happened that morning: While driving on I-35
my tire blew out, which caused my vehicle to swerve and hit a barrier.
After determining that no one was hurt, I cautiously drove with flashers
on to the nearest exit, where I knew I would find a convenience store at
which to park and wait for a ride.
In the parking lot was Officer Phinney, who I approached to report the
incident. He suspected that I had been drinking, and - following proper
police procedure - tested and subsequently arrested me. The officer
treated me with courtesy and respect and I applaud him for doing his
Contrary to a particular media depiction, I do not consider myself above
the law or deserving of any preferential treatment. I made a terrible
mistake and rightfully am paying a price. I hope this statement clears
up any confusion that has surrounded this incident since I have no
further comment on it. Instead, I wish to focus my energies on putting
together solid legislation that benefits the state and community to
which I am devoted."