Friday, August 21, 2009

Burt Avoids OWI Trial?

It appears embattled State Rep. Kerry Burt has avoided his OWI trial that was supposed to start next Monday. (Update: Burt pleaded guilty) Iowa House Democrats released this statement on Burt's behalf. It mentions nothing of Burt's repeated comments about drinking with Governor Chet Culver that night.


"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."


DL said...

It sure looks like this guilty plea saves Governor Culver some embarrassment. Doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

I like how this statement by Burt blames the media. I guess you would be dumb enough to believe if you didn't read the police report. Nice try Kerry. Who wrote this statement for you?

Anonymous said...

What a joke!