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Fired patrolman submits resignation, battling addiction

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Former Iowa State Patrol Sergeant Michael Haugen submits a letter of resignation.

In March, Haugen rear-ended another car. Records obtained by The Associated Press show Haugen didn't receive any citation after his cruiser smashed into a passenger car that was making a left turn in Forest City, damaging both vehicles. Haugen's boss, Lt. Dan Schaffer, wrote a report blaming the lead driver for abruptly stopping and failing to properly signal. That driver was given a $330 ticket for driving without a license.

Haugen was fired last month for misconduct that the patrol hasn't explained. Schafer said Monday that Haugen's firing is "a bigger story than just the accident."

Haugen submitted a resignation letter, which ends the Department of Public Safety's process to terminate his employment. In his letter, Haugen says he is battling opioid addiction. 

"My addiction negatively impacted my family, friends, co-workers and others and I’m taking responsibility for my actions," wrote Haugen. "I am moving forward and want to prevent others from going through my experience."

According to DPS, Haugen began his employment as a Trooper with the Department on May 31, 2006.  He was promoted to sergeant on August 28, 2015. He was placed on administrative leave beginning on March 25, 2016 for 30 days, and that leave was extended on April 25, 2016. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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