Warsaw residents want answers after superintendent's arrest
Posted at: 09/22/2012 9:29 AM
By: Amanda Ciavarri | WHEC.com
Residents in Warsaw want answers after news came out that the superintendent of the school district pleaded guilty to DWAI last year.
According to State Police, Dr. Valerie Burke was arrested in May of 2011 and pleaded guilty the following September. But news of the arrest has only surfaced recently, leaving many taxpayers and parents wondering why they were kept in the dark for so long.
According to court paperwork, Burke's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit and she told police she was coming from a bar for her son's graduation party. The paperwork states she was pulled over in May of 2011 just after midnight for swerving on 490. The New York State Trooper smelled alcohol on her breath, and had her perform a number of field sobriety tests, which Troopers say she failed. The paperwork also says she refused a breathalyzer. It goes on to say Burke told Troopers she was coming from the bar 2 Vine where she had two drinks for her son's party.
State Police say Burke was taken back to the station where her blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. She was charged with DWI and in September she pleaded guilty to DWAI and paid a $300 fine.
As of right now the district's voicemail says that Burke is out of the office for a few days. There have been no reports that she lost her job because of the charge.
News10NBC tried to contact the Warsaw School Board to see why Burke is out of the office for a few days but the calls have not been returned. According to some media outlets in Buffalo, it is a planned personal leave.
Burke did not spend any time in jail for the conviction, but instead paid the $300 fine and some other fees and the case was closed.