Des Moines police admit they may have missed some warning signs after an officer was arrested with illegal drugs in his patrol car.
Officer Brandon Singleton was involved in two accidents in just one week—doing about $9,000 worth damage to two patrol cars. In the most recent accident Tuesday, police say Singleton hit another car and left the scene. They later found meth and marijuana in his patrol car.
Singleton did have signs of drug abuse, like financial troubles, dangerous behavior, a change in appearance and an arrest for drug possession several years ago—but police say they did not test him for drugs after his accident last week.
Police admit they may have missed some warning signs. "I don't know that anybody caught it." Says Sgt. Chris Scott, "And the other thing is sometimes when you're close to somebody like this you don't catch it. Maybe you see past it or you see through it, or you rationalize what you're seeing."
Singleton is charged with drug possession and hit and run. He is on paid leave while the investigation continues.