Update: Legislator charged with DUI after wreck in Oktibbeha Co.

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SDN Staff
Staff Writer

This article has been updated since its initial publication with additional information

A state lawmaker found himself uninjured, but on the wrong side of the law after a Wednesday night wreck in Oktibbeha County. 

According to Oktibbeha County Jail records, troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol arrested Republican state Sen. Terry Burton on a DUI charge and a failure to a stay in lane charge at approximately 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night. 

MHP Public Information Officer Sgt. Derrick Beckom said troopers responded to a one-vehicle wreck at about 9:12 p.m. Wednesday evening on Highway 82 west of Starkville near Highway 182.

Once on scene, troopers found a 2017 white Chevrolet Silverado resting in a ditch north of US 82. 

Burton was idenfitied as the driver and suffered no injuries in the crash. 

The 62-year-old legislator was transported to the Oktibbeha County Jail, where he was released after bond was set at $1,000. 

If found guilty of driving under the influence, Burton's criminal record would feature two DUI convictions and three charges. 

In 2016, Burton was found not guilty of DUI after he was charged following a wreck in Scott County. 

He pleaded guilty to his first DUI charge in 2014 in Brandon. 

Burton, a Republican who represents Lauderdale, Newton, and Scott counties and serves as state senate president pro tempore, has served in the state legislature since 1992.

The Newton County native, who is the second highest-ranking member of the state Senate behind Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, also serves as chair of the Senate Rules Committee. 

This is a developing story. The Starkville Daily News will have updates as they come available. 

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