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DUI trial for ex-BC councilwoman set for June

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Karla Burton

A trial on driving under the influence charges for former Boulder City Councilwoman Karla Burton has been set for June 3 in Las Vegas Justice Court.

The trial has been delayed four times since her arrest for DUI two years ago. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace William Jansen will hear the case.

Today, Burton's attorney John Watkins received the police surveillance videotapes of the arrest he had requested. He said the video shows that after officers identified Burton and believed she was impaired, they waited in the parking lot until she drove away.

Last November, he requested the trial be postponed until he had the tapes from three police vehicles that were on the scene.

Watkins said he requested the June trial because he's busy until then.

On Feb. 6, 2007, Burton was arrested at a gas station parking lot on Nevada Highway, according to police records. She was charged with DUI after failing a field sobriety test, records say. Her blood alcohol content was .274, more than three times the legal limit of .08, police records say.

Watkins had requested a delay last March, saying he was missing the videotape, and a trial date last September was held over by Deputy District Attorney Bruce Nelson, who said one witness could not make the court date.

Cassie Tomlin can be reached at 948-2073 or [email protected].

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