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Former Pleasant Hill police officer pleads guilty to drug, burglary charges

Des Moines Register

Pleasant Hill, IA

A former Pleasant Hill police officer who stole methamphetamine from an evidence room and crashed his squad car pleaded guilty Thursday to drug and burglary charges.

Former Sgt. Daniel Hebert Edwards, 42, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, operating while intoxicated, and third-degree burglary. His sentencing was set for Sept. 29 in Polk County District Court.

Edwards was charged shortly after he crashed his cruiser near U.S. Highway 65 and East University Avenue on April 1.

Edwards first drove through a ditch along the on-ramp to the U.S. Highway 65 bypass, then struck another vehicle and collided with a center concrete barrier. He then drove back into a ditch, with his car coming to rest against a fence.

Edwards was fired after toxicology tests showed methamphetamine in his system.

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