Judge charged after minor accident Carroll official's license had been suspended

February 22, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County circuit judge is awaiting trial, charged with driving while his license was suspended.

Luke K. Burns Jr., 63, was charged Dec. 13 with negligent driving, failing to control speed and driving while his license was suspended, after he drove over a curb and ran into a road sign in a minor accident in Westminster.

State Motor Vehicle Administration records show that Burns' license was suspended Feb. 8, 1996, after he twice had not appeared in Baltimore County District Court to stand trial on a speeding ticket he received Aug. 11, 1995.

The MVA issued Burns a suspension letter Jan. 16, 1996, the same day he was initially scheduled to appear in district court in Owings Mills to face the 1995 charge of driving 74 mph in a 50 mph zone on Route 140 near the Carroll County line.

MVA records show that Burns received two points on his driving record for exceeding the maximum speed limit by 10 mph in the 1995 incident.

Court records in Carroll County show that Burns paid that 1995 speeding ticket of $110 last month, 364 days after the MVA issued a notice to suspend his license.

In effect, by paying the ticket, Burns resolved the speeding charge and both charges of failure to appear in court. His license was reinstated that day, MVA records show.

Paying the speeding ticket did not clear the veteran judge of the pending charges in Carroll County.

Burns of Westminster was elected in 1995 to his second 15-year term on the bench in Maryland's Fifth Judicial Circuit, which includes Anne Arundel, Howard and Carroll counties.

Burns was out of town and unavailable for comment yesterday, according to his secretary.

If Burns pays the fines, which total $230, before March 12, he could resolve all but the charge of driving with a suspended license.

If convicted of that charge, Burns faces a maximum penalty of $500, six months in jail and three points on his driving record.

Pub Date: 2/22/97

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