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.