A Mobile Police officer was caught swerving all over I-10 Tuesday morning. NBC 15 News have learned that officer has now been put on administrative leave. The department identified him as Lt. Jeffrey Hilburn. We have been working to get you answers about this incident all day but tonight questions still remain about why Hilburn was driving so erratically.
Kevin Nguyen called 911 shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday morning when he saw a Mobile Police cruiser swerving on 1-10 west bound near the Grand Bay exit.
"He was swerving in and out of traffic, and he was going off the road and on the road. He's tailgating people," said Nguyen. "I stayed behind him the whole time."
Nguyen says he called 911 a second time after Hilburn hit a pickup truck. No one was injured.
Mobile Police declined our request for an on camera interview and did not provide details about the incident.
Public Safety Director James Barber said Hilburn submitted a urine sample and it's being tested to see if drugs or alcohol were in system. His computer and phone activity from that time period are also being checked. Barber said Hilburn was coming off a 12 hour overnight shift, and it's not known if he was drowsy, distracted or impaired.
Mobile Police say Hilburn is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Last year Hilburn received the chief's commendation award for acting in an outstanding manner.