At about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, one of the armed militants who have besieged the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, flipped his van over on the icy roads and crashed into a barbed wire fence. We’re sure he did it for freedom though, so it’s all good.
The California man was driving a white Ford Van which police found on its side, 150 feet off the roadway in Hines, Oregon, a small community next to Burns, according to OPB.
Troopers found 57-year-old Darrow Burke inside the van, according to police reports.
Burke was going too fast on the icy roads at around a 25 MPH corner when he flipped the van.
The crash destroyed a barbed wire fence and that’s something consistent with the armed militants. Ammon Bundy was videotaped by his own Y’all Qaeda brothers tearing down government fences recently. These Little Fellers really hate fences.
The state police Twitter account blamed icy roads for the accident.
— Oregon State Police (@ORStatePolice) January 17, 2016
Burke’s support of Ammon Bundy and the subsequent occupation began back in November 2015.
Burke lives in Ukiah, California, and was cited for driving without a license.
“Oregon only cites for No Operator’s License, we do not arrest,” said State Police Spokesman Bill Fugate. He declined to offer any other comments related to the crash or occupation.
Local residents have told OPB that the county has stopped plowing and de-icing roads in some areas since militants took the refuge, although county officials haven’t confirmed whether maintenance has changed.
Fun facts: According to the New York Times, Harney County, Oregon—the very place the two-week long, militia-led standoff is taking place, against the federal government—is “the most government-dependent county in Oregon.”
Talking Points Memo reports:
According to a Times story on the sagging economy in Harney County, government jobs at prisons, schools and the very wildlife refuge occupied by Bundy and his brigade form the life blood of a community that once leaned more heavily on private industry. Today, the Times reports that 60 percent of the income in the county comes from “the public sector.”
As it happens, the anti-government protesters who are distressing the area further, are costing the town $70,000 per day during the occupation of a government-owned facility. This is the same government that is keeping the area sustained while the militants rage against the government.
Meanwhile, one of the militants, LaVoy Fiticum, lost his foster children during the occupation and is blaming the government. Fostering children is, as Fiticum puts it, is his “main source of income.”
He added, “My ranch, well, the cows just cover the costs of the ranch. If this means rice and beans for the next few years, so be it. We’re going to stay the course.”
So by staying there, he will certainly not regain that lost income from the government he hates so much.
Meanwhile, one of the militants wrecked his van on the icy roads and troopers came by to help even while the group of armed militants have continued to destroy the land while terrifying the community. The troopers did their jobs while the militants are not working, with the exception of shock joke Pete Santilli, who we’re sure is profiting from this takeover on his YouTube channel.