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Man earns wrong way ticket to jail

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Steven Burk
An allegedly intoxicated man was arrested for driving the wrong way on the highway Wednesday.

Clay City Police Chief Terry Skaggs told The Brazil Times that he was on his way to the Clay County Justice Center at 12:23 a.m., Wednesday, when a vehicle driven by Steven Burk, 62, Reelsville, caught his attention near the intersection of Towpath Road and State Road 59.

Skaggs said the vehicle "barely came to a stop in time" near the highway. While watching in his rearview mirror, Skaggs said the vehicle appeared to not move as he continued north on SR 59. Because he thought the driver was having trouble, Skaggs turned around at the Zionsville Road to find the vehicle.

Puttering around in an area just north of the Towpath Road, Burk was driving south in the northbound lane.

When Skaggs turned on his lights to perform a traffic stop, Burk sped up and continued driving south in the northbound lane for approximately two more miles.

"It wasn't a high-speed chase. Burk stayed right around 50 mph, but he drove in the wrong lane the entire time," Skaggs said. "When we got near the bridge at Conley Ditch, I thought he struck the guard rail of the bridge. I'm not sure, but, if he didn't, it was pretty close."

Ultimately stopping in an area near County Road 600 South and SR 59, Skaggs said Burk wasn't sure where he was.

"He thought he was driving on SR 46, on his way to Reelsville," Skaggs said.

Taken into custody without further incident, Burk was booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, reckless driving and operating a vehicle while intoxicated (refusal).

Skaggs said Burk agreed to participate in a portable Breathalyzer test at the scene, and apparently tested .18. But, during the routine booking process at the CCJC, he refused to be tested again.

Meanwhile, officers also discovered that Burk was driving on a "conditional driver's license" because of a previous operating a vehicle while intoxicated offense earlier this year. The Clay County Prosecutor's Office is reviewing the case for other potential charges.

According to jail officials, Burk remains incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond awaiting formal arraignment per the Clay County court calendar.

------CLARIFICATION OCT 3-------

Steven Burk voluntarily tested .18 in a portable Breathalyzer test at the scene, not 1.8 as printed in the original story.

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Imagine that, he'd been arrested before. Would have never guessed.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Wed, Oct 1, 2008, at 9:23 PM

Is the Steven Burk, the father of Tracy Burk, who t-boned and killed a man in Clay Co. as he was driving drunk a couple of years ago?

That apple does not fall far from the tree. At least nobody was killed this time.

Good job getting this one off the road.

-- Posted by roller2008 on Thu, Oct 2, 2008, at 6:34 AM

I hope that he doesn't get out too soon. I am dissatisfied with the way drunk drivers get out on bond so quicklky. I know a man who was out on bond for a DWI and then recently got another DWI, resisting law enforcement etcc but got out the next day. I am afraid for my family this man needs HELP he has a SERIOUS problem with drugs and alcohol. Please someone, anyone make them do the time for the crime!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Thu, Oct 2, 2008, at 7:24 AM

Actually, yes he is the father of Tracy & Aaron Burk. Both still prison serving time for dealing meth if I remember right! Also, didn't Tracy have 2 wrecks that took the lives of innocent people? One several years ago and one in the past 5 years or so?

-- Posted by just thinking on Thu, Oct 2, 2008, at 7:29 AM

I am trying to be as respectful as possible, but this family is a menace to society. I have known of them for over 20 years and yes, I know that Tracy has been responsible for at least 1 death of an innocent driver. The neverending habitual crimes are astounding. It amazes me that someone who is so irresponsible in taking a life can be parolled in just a few short years, especially with his rap sheet. I believe Arron has just been parolled and Tracy is up in 2009. Unfortunately, you cannot help those who don't want it.

-- Posted by roller2008 on Thu, Oct 2, 2008, at 9:16 AM



-- Posted by roller2008 on Thu, Oct 2, 2008, at 9:29 AM

He must be a Keith Richards fan.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Oct 2, 2008, at 11:27 AM

I just love how quick people are to pass judgement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, he DOES need help, but are you helping by being so cruel? Jail is not the only answer when people make mistakes!!!!

I KNOW that if both of my sons were imprisoned I'd be depressed and probably stay drunk for a while myself!

He is a VERY good person and needs to be uplifted not put down further!

-- Posted by mustanglady on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 12:52 AM

Yes, people do make mistakes. Making mistakes is human, it is what you learn from your mistakes that is important. This is not an isolated incident.

If the Burk's (metioned) are GOOD people than God help us all. I have certainly been affected by the actions of one or more of the above mentioned Burk family and I am sure that those who have experienced the death of their family member at the hands of Tracy can sleep easy knowing that he has served his "just" sentence.

Steve needs to show himself some respect. And get some help for his addictions. Obviously, he has a hard time dealing with reality on life's terms. Maybe as a caring, and respectful member of the Burk family, you can assist him by showing him your love and compassion and help him get the help that he needs. All of you people who care about Steve and think he's such a wonderful person..HELP HIM!

You need not take opionions about your family members personally, as it is not relating to you and I don't believe you or his wife were mentioned in any of the posts. And lastly, after knowing Tracy for 20 plus years, I would have to say that it does concern me that he is out and I am relieved that Arron is still locked up.

YOU help uplift your family name and do something GOOD. People are not ENTITLED to respect. You have to earn it and if you expect me respect these people, you need help too.

-- Posted by roller2008 on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 4:33 AM

You know if you are going to say things GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!!!

The wreck that Tracy was involved in... he has done his time... The man was driving to fast. Tracy stopped at the stop sign.

Aaron is still in jail.

God is the only one that is our JUDGE.

I have known Steve Burk all my LIFE....I am a PROUD MEMBER OF THE BURK FAMILY.. He is one of the nicest men that I know... He will help any one that needs help. His wife is the SWEETEST woman you can meet.


Every family has something in their closet.

-- Posted by taz123422 on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 10:01 AM

Need I say more?

-- Posted by roller2008 on Fri, Oct 3, 2008, at 8:28 PM

This person who says they have known Tracey for over 20 years and the family... apparently you don't or you would have your facts STRAIGHT.

Until you have walked in Steve's shoes...don't judge him

You all want to JUDGE HIM

The opinion of my famliy does concern me...

Do you like people dogging your family....

The people that really know our family knows that we are a caring family ... I am not saying that there have been mistakes made... there has... but you tell me one person that hasn't made a mistake.

-- Posted by taz123422 on Sat, Oct 4, 2008, at 10:47 AM

OK, Lets get a couple of things straight. No, there isnt a person on Earth that should judge others, however lets also be real. I refuse to allow this mans personal problems to excuse this crime. I am absolutely sick of people looking at Drunk Driving as a crime thats anything less than on par with attempted murder. Boohoo, so he has had a rough life with his children being locked up and the loss of his mother, its very sad, but in no way a defense..Lets just keep this situation real, he is a criminal who endangered every single member of society on the road that night. Maybe the people in his life should stop shifting the blame to the flimsy excuses they have given and focus on either helping him help himself or giving a dose of tough love and help society instead...

p.s. no I do not know his family, sons, wife, or otherwise, what I do know is that I have had it with the excuses people make for drunk drivers. period.

-- Posted by CptnOpinion on Mon, Oct 6, 2008, at 12:44 PM

I too have known this family and i also knew the family of the man who you say was driving to fast that TRACY KILLED.

I agree SOME of the Burks are wonderful people.

BUT lets not forget wondeful people do not end up in Prison.

-- Posted by give me a break on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 8:24 AM

This man is horrifying!

-- Posted by softcloth on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 4:56 PM

Mullet Man back again

-- Posted by newtimes on Tue, Oct 7, 2008, at 6:57 PM

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