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Senator Terry Burton charged with DUI

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Some legal problems for a Mississippi lawmaker; the number two man in the state Senate faces drunk driving charges.

Early in the day Monday Senator Terry Burton initially denied the charges but later said there was some misunderstanding, and he was in fact taken into custody.

Senator Terry Burton, President Pro Tempore, walked away from a crash Saturday in Scott County that the Mississippi Highway Patrol says involved alcohol.

According to MHP spokesman Captain Johnny Poulos, Burton wrecked his SUV in a single vehicle crash on I-20 in Scott county.

Around 10 o'clock Saturday night investigators said the 60 year old representative from Newton was traveling eastbound when his 2013 Chevy Equinox left the road and hit a traffic sign.

When reached Monday morning Burton denied being taken into custody for drunk driving.

He said that he swerved to avoid a deer and hit a sign.

The Republican lawmaker said he was given a breathalyzer test but was not arrested for DUI.

Monday evening, Burton said he believes he misunderstood the questions but will release a statement on the matter Tuesday morning.

"I was arrested and charged with DUI. No other car was involved," said Burton.

Poulos said he was transported to the Scott County Detention.

The Republican lawmaker has served in the Senate for 24 years.  

At the beginning of the legislative session in January, he was chosen as Senate President Pro Tempore. 

The Rules Committee Chairman represents District 31 which include Lauderdale, Newton, Scott counties.

We also made repeated calls Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee for a mug shot, an interview and information. Those calls were not returned.

We reached out to Scott County Justice Court Clerk Betty Odom as well for the arrest report and booking information.

As of news time, our calls for that information and comment were not returned.

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