Oklahoma police chief issues himself a speeding ticket

  • Police Chief Justin Burch of Sperry, population 1000, was caught speeding by a local
  • The person complained to the police
  • Burch apologized on Facebook but admitted he wouldn't have paid the ticket without being caught 

By Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter

Published: 18:44 BST, 18 April 2017 | Updated: 00:01 BST, 19 April 2017

A police chief in a small town takes his job so seriously that he wrote himself a speeding ticket.

Sperry, Oklahoma Police Chief Justin Burch confessed on Facebook that he was caught speeding at about 70 to 80mph on Saturday afternoon and citizen put in a complaint. He was also caught on highway videocam.

Sperry Police Chief Justin Burch shows the citation he gave himself after getting caught speeding by a local
Sperry Police Chief Justin Burch shows the citation he gave himself after getting caught speeding by a local

Sperry Police Chief Justin Burch shows the citation he gave himself after getting caught speeding by a local

Burch said he wrote out a $300 ticket for himself and paid it in full and showed the ticket to the news
Burch said he wrote out a $300 ticket for himself and paid it in full and showed the ticket to the news

Burch said he wrote out a $300 ticket for himself and paid it in full and showed the ticket to the news

Burch says he wrote himself the more than $300 ticket and that he'll pay it in full. 

 'I am writing to inform everyone that I, Chief Burch, was breaking the law by speeding on 103rd Street North. A citizen made a complaint about it and I acknowledge that I was wrong in traveling at 75 and 80 mph,' he wrote.

He was in a 50mph zone. The long stretch of country road contains schools where the speeds dip down.

'I did have a reason for being in a hurry, but my speeds were not reasonable. I am holding myself accountable just as anyone else would have to be. I have written myself a citation and will be paying it just like every other citizen.  

A reporter for KTUL stands at the street where a local saw Police Chief Justin Burch speeding in the 50mph zone and put in a complaint
A reporter for KTUL stands at the street where a local saw Police Chief Justin Burch speeding in the 50mph zone and put in a complaint

A reporter for KTUL stands at the street where a local saw Police Chief Justin Burch speeding in the 50mph zone and put in a complaint

Burch said he regrets his actions
Burch said he regrets his actions
Justin Burch was caught on video speeding
Justin Burch was caught on video speeding

'I regret my actions and I sincerely apologize' Burch wrote on Facebook. He was traveling in his police vehicle (right) when he was caught on video by a local

I regret my actions and I sincerely apologize. I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend and please be safe.'

Burch said it was near the end of his shift and he was rushing home. Asked by a KTUL reporter if he would have paid without getting caught, he said, 'You know, honestly, probably not. You're not going to have people come in and say, hey, I was speeding, or I ran the stop sign, please write me a citation. 

Sperry is about 10 miles north of Tulsa and only has a population of 1000 so it's easy to see why the police chief got noticed for his driving transgression.

Readers on Facebook were generally amused and forgiving. 'Writing yourself a ticket. I would have liked to heard the conversation between you two while that was going down LOL,' wrote Roger Stice.

'Wow, that is integrity at its finest,' wrote Victoria Albright.

Some others, however, were less effusive in their praise.

'Why is everyone praising him... It took someone complaining to realize he did something wrong? Obviously you're not a very good enforcer of the law if you can't even follow the rules on your own accord,' wrote Brent Brasel. 

'Pic of the citation and pic of the receipt for paying the ticket or it didn't happen,' wrote a skeptical Timothy Wedel.

Burch did indeed pose for a picture with his citation for KTUL. 

 

 

 

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