LPD officer accused of driving under the influence in cruiser

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Police Department says one of its officers is charged with driving under the influence after a single-car crash in Cynthiana.

According the department, Jeffery Burden was arrested Tuesday night by the Cynthiana Police Department.

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The department says Burden was off-duty and in his Lexington Police Department cruiser at the time of the accident.

According to his arrest citation, Cynthiana Police received a report of a reckless driver in a Lexington Police cruiser, almost hitting several signs and not being able to stay in the lane.

Then, police witnessed the driver turn into a Speedway Gas Station before hitting a red pole near a gas pump.

According to the citation, when police made contact they say burden was unsteady on his feet and struggled understanding simple questions.

The citation states he leaned on his car for balance and had trouble opening the door when asked to get something from inside of it.

It goes on to say Burden told police his driving was due to working late the night before and being very tired.

He told police he went to his girlfriend’s house in Georgetown after he had left work but Lexington Police said he was not on duty Monday night, according to the citation.

It states his girlfriend told police he’s on several medications and Burden told police he takes Hydrocodone for back pain.

The citation says he was taken to the hospital for a blood test and there he reportedly asked how long it takes for Xanax to wear off.

Blood tests are pending.

He’s charged with driving under the influence of prescription medication.

The Lexington Police Department says, per department policy, Burden was relieved of sworn duties and transferred to an administrative assignment while the incident is under review.

He’s been with the department since 2015.