Charges have been dismissed against a mother after her son pleaded guilty to a crash in which she claimed, falsely, that she was the driver.
The son, Joshua Ryan Burton, 26, was given an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence and must perform 24 hours public service work for obstruction of justice. His mother, Colleen Ann Burton, 51, had the charge of making a false report dismissed in view of her son’s plea.
According to Highway Patrolman Gary Myers, Mr. Burton lost control of his vehicle on Mt. Zion Road near Viola and slammed into a tree and block mailbox.
“It totaled the vehicle and sent large blocks approximately 150 feet down the road from the crash,” the trooper revealed, noting lawmen believe that Mr. Burton contacted his mother after the wreck, before officers arrived on the scene. “He asked Colleen Burton to file a report that she was the driver of the car.”
Myers said the mother consented to falsify the report and told lawmen that she was the driver. The false statement, the trooper said, came in the presence of Mr. Burton who was on the scene while she lied about the wreck.
“He never attempted to tell that he was the driver,” Myers noted.
The false report was taken and filed. However, 11 days later, Myers said new information came to light to convince him that both of the Burtons were lying about who was driving the car.