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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Thursday, August 12, 2010 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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Former Pleasant Hill Officer Pleads in Drug, Theft Charges

Pleasant Hill, IOWA --- At a hearing in Polk County District Court today, former Pleasant Hill Police Department Sergeant Daniel Herbert Edward, 42, pled guilty to Possession of a Controlled Substance, Operating While Intoxicated, and Burglary in the 3rd Degree.  Sentencing has been scheduled for September 29, 2010.

At approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, 2010, Sergeant Edwards drove his Pleasant Hill Patrol car through the ditch along the on ramp to the US 65 by-pass from University Avenue. His erratic driving continued along U.S. 65 until Sergeant Edwards struck another vehicle and collided with the center concrete barrier. The vehicle hit by Sergeant Edwards received minor damage. Sergeant Edwards then drove into the ditch, his patrol car coming to rest against a fence.

Law enforcement and emergency medical personnel were called to the scene. Sergeant Edwards was transported by air ambulance to Iowa Methodist Medical Center hospital in Des Moines where he was treated for injuries.

During the initial investigation an Iowa State Patrol Trooper found Sergeant Edwards in possession of methamphetamine.  Late on the evening of April 1, 2010, he was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a simple misdemeanor. 

As a result of the subsequent investigation conducted by the DCI, probable cause was found indicating Edwards committed burglary at the Pleasant Hill Police Department between January 1, 2010 and April 1, 2010.  He is suspected of taking controlled substances from the evidence room.  Several weeks after the car crash, Edwards was additionally charged with Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense, a serious misdemeanor and Burglary 3rd, a class D Felony. 

The Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol and the Division of Narcotics Enforcement investigated this incident.  Any additional questions should be directed to the Polk County Attorney’s Office.

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Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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