The man charged with causing a traffic crash that killed a Highway Patrolman last May has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges. New Hampton resident Paul Daniel was driving the truck that rear-ended the patrol car of trooper Michael Newton, which was sitting on the shoulder of the highway after a traffic stop in Lafayette County. Newton’s car exploded in flames. He was killed. The driver of the car he had stopped was severely burned. Daniel will be sentenced in December for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, failing to stay in his lane, driving without a valid commercial license, and careless and imprudent driving.