Ex-superintendent Walter Bourke sentenced for driving drunk

Bourke had BAC of .26 during accident

INDIANAPOLIS - The former executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents has pleaded guilty to driving drunk, more than three times the legal limit.

Dr. Walter Bourke was sentenced late Friday in Noble County court to one year of probation, a 90 day license suspension and 150 hours of community service.
         
Bourke must also pay more than $666 dollars in fines and court costs, as well as restitution.
         
Bourke could spend up to a year in jail, but only if he violates his probation.

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, 2012, according to a police report.

Last year, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney spoke with the man who was rear-ended by Bourke.

"It was crazy," said Zachary Hartsock, who estimated Bourke was driving 40 mph when he was hit. "I ended up going to the hospital to get checked out."

Hartsock said Bourke was stumbling physically and verbally, and initially tried to get away.

"I told him, 'You stay right there,'" said Hartsock, who said he called police as soon as he got out of the car.

Hartsock said he did not know of Bourke's position until contacted by RTV6 for comment.

"It's shocking," said Hartsock. "People need to stop driving drunk."

Hartsock did not suffer any injuries in the crash and does not plan on filing a lawsuit.

Bourke has since stepped down from his position with IAPSS.

"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 last year. "When I resolve issues, I'll make decisions about my future."

Bourke retired from the Franklin Township Community School Corporation in 2012 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.
 

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