- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Public Safety Commissioner Roxann Ryan is defending the state patrol’s decision not to cite a supervisor for rear-ending another car.

Ryan wrote to employees that the March 7 crash in Forest City was the fault of the front driver, who “braked suddenly and turned abruptly” into a church.

She says the driver didn’t have a license and made the turn after recognizing he was being followed by a patrolman. She says then-Sgt. Michael Haugen attempted to avoid the collision by swerving.

Ryan says it was appropriate to cite William Lawrence for being unlicensed because that offense triggered “the actions that led to the collision.” She says Haugen wasn’t charged “for failing to anticipate the sudden movement” and there was no reason to have an independent agency handle the investigation.

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