The Marshall County Sheriff's Office announced deputies arrested Burkeen, 24, of Gilbertsville, this morning on the strength of a warrant issued for the charges.
According to the warrant, deputies obtained a sample of Burkeen's blood after he was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Extensive testing revealed he was allegedly under the influence of diazapam and clonazapam, both controlled substances, at the time of the collision.
The warrant said witness statements and accident reconstruction showed Burkeen crossed the center line into the path of another car with a driver and three passengers. That car swerved to avoid the collision, but was struck nearly head-on. The passenger side absorbed the brunt of the damage.
Two occupants of the car struck by Burkeen were Shane McKenty and Landon Lovett. Both suffered life-threatening injuries. McKenty required lengthy hospitalization and rehabilitation. Lovett remains in a coma.
Greg Davis, a forensic pathologist, reviewed the samples and Burkeen's medical chart. According to the warrant, he told investigators Burkeen appeared to be under the influence of the drugs at the time of the wreck.
Burkeen is being held in the Marshall County Detention Center in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond. Further stipulations of his bond include: no new arrests, no driving, no riding in the front seat of any vehicle and being subjected to random drug tests.