A 28-year-old police officer who joined the Des Moines department in 2007 has allegedly been involved in his second car accident while employed by the department.
This time, the officer was driving his patrol vehicle around 1 a.m. on Tuesday when he struck another vehicle. He continued driving away from the scene of the accident and did not alert other officers until five hours had passed. The patrol vehicle had two flat tires and body damage.
The officer attempted to fabricate a story to cover up the car accident, but his details were inconsistent with the damage to his car. An investigation into the claim revealed his connection with the accident that occurred hours earlier. Additionally, illegal drugs were found inside the vehicle. The amount of drugs that were found were believed to be for personal use.
Two charges were filed against the officer in relation to this early morning accident. He now faces a drug possession charge as well as a traffic violation charge. The investigation into the crash is currently being handled by the Des Moines police department.