Cops, Courts and Fire

DA’s Office: Driver Who Killed Off-Duty Deputy Had Odor Of Alcohol On Breath

Harry Burak
Credit: Bucks County District Attorney’s Office

Bucks County authorities have charged a 27-year-old man in connection with the motorcycle crash that took the life of an off-duty sheriff’s office deputy.

Harry Burak, a resident of East Rockhill Township in Upper Bucks County, was allegedly intoxicated when turned in  front of Deputy Keith W. Clymer, 48, of Kintnersville, who was riding his motorcycle on Route 313 near Sterner Mill Road at about 8:30 p.m.

From the district attorney’s office:

Burak was turning left into the driveway of his residence when the crash occurred, the probable cause affidavit said. The affidavit stated that he was uncooperative at the scene and had to be subdued and handcuffed by Pennridge Regional Police Department officers.

A check of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation records found that Burak’s license was suspended until at least 2023 because of multiple convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, the affidavit said.

Police officers detected an odor of alcohol on Burak’s breath at the time of his arrest, the affidavit said. That aspect is still under investigation, said Robert D. James, Chief of the District Attorney’s Homicide by Vehicle Division, who is prosecuting the case.

Clymer had worked with the sheriff’s office since 2014 and leaves behind children.

Burak was charged overnight with accidents involving death or bodily injury while not properly licensed, a third-degree felony; and with driving while his operating license was suspended or revoked, DUI-related, a summary offense, prosecutors said.

Burak was remanded to prison after on-call District Judge Jan Vislosky set bail at 10 percent of $250,000.

Editor’s Note: All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The story was compiled using information from police and public court documents.

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001