Ex-Franklin Township superintendent Walter Bourke accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated

Police: Bourke had 0.26 BAC

INDIANAPOLIS - Former Franklin Township Schools superintendent Walter Bourke has stepped down from his new job after being arrested on a drunken driving charge.

Bourke was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.26 percent when he rear-ended a vehicle that was stopped at a stop light in Kendallville the night of Oct. 21, according to a police report.

Bourke was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

RTV6 began investigating after Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney learned Monday that Bourke had stepped down as the executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents after three months on the job.

"I have some personal problems I need to overcome and I couldn't take care of those while working for the organization," Bourke told Kenney before the OWI charge came to light. "When I resolve issues, I'll make decisions about my future."

Bourke retired from the Franklin Township Community School Corporation earlier this year after leading the district since 2006.

Before that, Bourke served as assistant superintendent in the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation and worked as the director of secondary education for Lawrence Township Schools.

The IAPSS said in a statement that Bourke had resigned and that a search for a new executive director would begin immediately.

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