Drunk is drunk, on four wheels or two, cops say
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Last updated: Saturday July 19, 2008, EDT 10:34 AM
NORRISTOWN, Pa. - After a drunken driving charge several years ago, Jeff Burke took to riding a bike when he went out for beers.
He nonetheless was sentenced on a second DUI conviction this week - for riding his bicycle drunk. Burke was cited after, he says, another driver struck him as he waited on a center median to cross the street.
"I get rear-ended, I go to jail. Figure that one out," said Burke, who broke his tailbone in the July 2007 crash in suburban Philadelphia. The driver "was 100 percent in the wrong."
But a prosecutor says Burke's blood-alcohol level measured 0.155 - about twice the legal limit.
Burke also missed his scheduled June sentencing, prompting the judge to issue a warrant for his arrest - and perhaps contributing to the 30-day jail sentence handed down Wednesday, the prosecutor said. Burke must also pay a $1,500 fine, surrender his license for up to 18 months and be evaluated for alcohol abuse