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Senate Pro Tempore Burton charged with DUI

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A top lawmaker in the Mississippi Legislature has been charged with DUI. 

Terry Burton, Senate President Pro Tempore, was arrested and charged last night after a single-car crash near Starkville in Oktibbeha County. 

The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the scene of the crash on US 82 west of Starkville near HWY 182 around 9 p.m. and found Burton’s car in a ditch. According to the MHP, the 62-year-old Senator was uninjured.

Burton was then booked into the Oktibbeha County Jail on charges of DUI – 2nd offense and failure to maintain proper lane.

Burton has not commented on the arrest at this time. This is the 3rd DUI offense that he has faced since 2014. 

As a Senator, Burton represents District 31, which includes Lauderdale, Newton, and Scott counties. In his role as the Senate President Pro Tempore, Burton is second-in-command in the Senate, behind only Lt. Governor Tate Reeves. 

House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden was also recently charged with DUI refusal back in September.

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