Former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Anne M. Burford and her husband, Robert, a high-level Reagan administration appointee, were given separate court dates in Arlington yesterday on alcohol-related charges filed against them during the weekend.
Anne Burford has the option of appearing in General District Court on Oct. 4 on a charge of being drunk in public or paying a $30 fine. If convicted, she could face a maximum $100 fine.
Robert F. Burford, director of the Bureau of Land Management in the Interior Department, is charged with driving while intoxicated and refusal to take a blood or breath test to measure alcohol intake. He is scheduled to appear at a meeting of the county Alcohol Safety Action Program in General District Court on Oct. 16.
Robert Burford was arrested by a Virginia state trooper on Shirley Highway (I-395) just north of Glebe Road about 11 p.m. Friday. Anne Burford was arrested at the Arlington jail about two hours later after allegedly behaving in a disruptive manner.
Officials said it is routine for persons arrested on drunk-driving charges to attend an ASAP meeting as their first court-ordered appearance. There, they may plead guilty and agree to enter the ASAP program, ask that the case be set for trial or ask to consult with a court-appointed attorney.
The maximum charge for a first conviction on driving while intoxicated is a six-month suspension of the driver's license as well as 12 months in jail or a $1,000 fine or both. The punishment for refusal to take a breath test is a six-month suspension of the driver's license.
Neither of the Burfords could be reached for comment yesterday.