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Update: Pleasant Hill Officer Arrested Faces Additional Charges

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Pleasant Hill, IA

The Iowa Department of Public Safety issued the following news release:

Today Sergeant Daniel Herbert Edwards, 42, of the Pleasant Hill Police Department turned himself in to the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa State Patrol. Edwards has been charged with Burglary 3rd, a class D Felony. Earlier this week, Edwards was also charged with Operating While Intoxicated, First Offense, a serious misdemeanor. These charges stem from an investigation that was initiated after Sergeant Edwards was seen driving his patrol car erratically along U.S. 65 in Pleasant Hill before finally crashing the vehicle.

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, Sergeant Edwards was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a simple misdemeanor.

As a result of the subsequent investigation conducted by the DCI, there is now probable cause to believe Sergeant 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.

The Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol and the Division of Narcotics Enforcement continue to investigate.

It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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