Kentucky police officer driving cruiser charged with DUI

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CYNTHIANA, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky police officer is accused of driving under the influence in a city police car.

Thirty-year-old Lexington police Officer Jeffery Burden was relieved of his sworn duties and transferred to an administrative assignment while the case is investigated.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Cynthiana police in Harrison County received a reckless driving complaint Tuesday morning involving a Lexington police cruiser that was failing to stay in its lane. An arrest citation says the cruiser reportedly nearly struck several signs.

Police say Burden’s cruiser entered a gas station and struck a red pole protecting the gas pumps. The arrest citation says Burden admitted he was taking Hydrocodone for back pain. He has been with the department since 2015.