Mississippi Senate Leader Burton Charged with DUI

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Jackson, Miss. The Associated Press reported Monday that the second-ranking leader of the Mississippi Senate was charged with DUI after a one-vehicle wreck Saturday.

Sen. Terry Burton did not return Newscenter 11's calls requesting comment, but told WLBT-TV in Jackson Monday that he was not arrested. Burton told the station he was given a breathalyzer test and allowed to leave the scene.

The A.P. reported that Burton, of Newton, was charged after running a sport utility vehicle off of Interstate 20 and hitting a sign Saturday night in Scott County, according to a statement Monday from Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman, Capt. Johnny Poulos.

Burton has been in the Senate since 1992.

In January, his colleagues chose him as Senate president pro tempore. In that role, he is an ally of Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, and he presides over the Senate when Reeves is not available.