Suspended driver charged in deputy’s motorcycle death

     Harry Burak (photo courtesy of Bucks County District Attorney)

    Harry Burak (photo courtesy of Bucks County District Attorney)

    A Bucks County man driving with a suspended license was arrested this week after he drove his pickup truck into an off-duty deputy sheriff on a motorcycle Tuesday night, killing him.

    The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m., when Harry Burak, 27, turned left in his 2017 Dodge Ram 5500 truck in front of Keith Clymer on Route 313 near Sterner Mill Road in East Rockhill Township.

    The Bucks County Coroner’s Office declared Clymer, 48, dead at the scene.

    Clymer had been a deputy sheriff since Dec. 30, 2013, and was assigned to the Domestic Relations warrant team. He also worked as a self-defense instructor for the Sheriff’s Office.

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    Burak had been trying to turn left into the driveway of his home on Dublin Pike. He wouldn’t cooperate with responding officers, reeked of alcohol, and had to be subdued before they could handcuff him, according to an affidavit.  

    Burak’s license had been suspended until at least 2023, after multiple convictions for driving while intoxicated, state records show.

    Burak has been charged with a third-degree felony for “accidents involving death or bodily injury while not properly licensed,” and driving with a suspended license, according to the criminal complaint.   

    Magisterial District Judge Jan Vislosky set Burak’s bail at $250,000 and his preliminary hearing for May 22.

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