Former Des Moines police officer Singleton back in jail on parole violation; fired in 2012


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DES MOINES, Iowa — A former Des Moines police officer who served more than two years in prison following a string of arrests is back behind bars — two months after being released on parole.

Ex-officer Brandon Singleton, who was released on parole in January, tested positive for methamphetamine twice this month. That led to a parole violation complaint. He was put in the Polk County Jail on Thursday, The Des Moines Register reported ( ).

Singleton, 31, was fired in 2012 after he crashed his patrol car and marijuana and methamphetamine were found inside. He was arrested several times in the months following his firing for various offenses — including weapons and domestic abuse counts — and received probation twice. A judge warned him the second time he was given probation on Nov. 1, 2012, that he would be sent directly to prison if he violated it again.

Later that month, Singleton was arrested after cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet and fleeing with his girlfriend. Police found him hiding in a clothes dryer in a Des Moines home.

By December 2012, Singleton had been sentenced to 16 years in prison for probation violations.

Singleton remained jailed Saturday and could not be reached for comment.

Information from: The Des Moines Register,

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