Former Burkburnett Police Officer Brad Boyd pleaded guilty Wednesday to Tampering with a Governmental Record. This stems from an incident dating back to February 2008.
Boyd had been facing two felony charges for altering a Burk PD dispatch log and altering information pertaining to a DWI arrest. But, a deal struck with state prosecutors got one charge dismissed and the other reduced to a misdemeanor. Boyd will pay a $500 fine and surrender his peace officer license for three years.
Officials with the Attorney General's office said they prosecuted the case at the request of former Wichita County District Attorney Barry Macha. His office passed the case on because of a conflict of interests. A former Burk police officer works in the DA's office as an investigator.
The incident first came to light when follow officers informed Burk City Commissioner Raymond Holland, then a sergeant with the PD, about the matter. According to Holland, officers told him Boyd had, on several occasions, helped family members out of situations involving drunk driving.
Holland said he brought the complaints to Police Chief Mike Tracey who launched an internal investigation. Holland said he doesn't know what, if any, action was taken, but Boyd was never fired.
Calls to Chief Tracey and City Manager Mike Slye were not returned Thursday.