Limestone County judge arrested, accused of driving while intoxicated

Posted at 7:34 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 12:13:06-04

A Limestone County judge was in the McLennan County Jail Wednesday.

According to jail records, Daniel Lee Burkeen was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on Wednesday. 

Burkeen was arrested by Mart police. 

According to an arrest affidavit, an officer with Mart PD noticed a white Chevy Impala traveling eastbound on W. Texas Avenue at 2:11 p.m.The car's muffler was dangling and dragging on the roadway. The officer tried to conduct a traffic stop. 

The affidavit stated that Burkeen stepped out of the vehicle after stopping near the intersection of S. Front and E. Limestone. Officers asked him to return to his vehicle and Burkeen complied. Police say that Burkeen had slow and slurred speech. Burkeen showed signs of intoxication during the field sobriety field, according to authorities. 

Burkeen's blood alcohol content was .112. 

Burkeen responded to the charge with the following statement:

"I was arrested on Wednesday, April 12 for driving while intoxicated. I made a mistake and accept responsibility for it. I don't normally drink. I have suffered from asthma all my life, but it has been chronic the last several weeks. On what would have been my father's 90th birthday, I began thinking of his old home remedy, which involved whiskey, honey and lemon. I decided to try it, adding a chest decongestant to the mix, thinking it might help ease my breathing. It was obviously a mistake and was a very irresponsible act on my part, one which will not be repeated. I did not anticipate the effect it would have on me. I don't condone anyone, including myself, driving under the influence of any intoxicating substances.  I am grateful to my family and friends for their prayers and continued support."

Burkeen was being held in the McLennan County Jail on a $1,000 bond. He bonded out of jail about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.

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