Thursday, August 15, 2013
Information on Burch accident in county car
I have obtained the accident report pertaining to the traffic accident in Tarrant County that totaled a Denton County Squad car. According to the report, Precinct 4 Constable Tim Burch was himself at the wheel of the 2009 Dodge Charger on February 21, 2013, at 11:30 P.M.
Burch told investigating Grapevine officers that he was blocking an onramp to U.S. 114 with all his lights activated to keep cars from entering the highway where crews from a highway construction company were working. He apparently had contracted with the construction company to provide security.
He was parked behind another truck. A woman driving an Infinity SUV rear-ended the constable's car and knocked it into the truck in front. She left the scene. Burch reported no injuries in the accident but the truck driver went to the hospital via private vehicle to be checked out.
The woman driver had a flat tire and pulled into a parking lot, where officers found her and arrested her for DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
The county's insurance company replaced the car at a cost of $33,000. Burch appeared before the commissioner's court on Tuesday to ask for another $9,000 to outfit the new car with police radio, lights, etc. That was granted.
Sources tell me that county officers are allowed to work off-duty jobs as long as they relate to law enforcement. The elected official decides whether the job fits the requirements and Burch obviously thought he could work in Tarrant County. Apparently that's where it gets murky. Do county rules apply to working in a different county? Up for discussion. Voters might want to make their views known to their commissioners.