Woman Admits to Consuming Nyquil, Leads Police on Chase

By Hayley Bruce, Reporter

JOHNSON COUNTY, Iowa - A Coralville woman is accused of eluding, assaulting peace officers with a dangerous weapon, interference with official acts and operating while intoxicated after deputies said she led them on a high speed chase along Highway 218 on Sunday for almost 30 miles.

According to complaints from the Johnson County Sheriff's office, 44-year-old Nancy Ruth Kuntz, 320 2nd Street Apt. 231, was stopped for a traffic violation near the 92 mile marker at 3:30 p.m.

After admitting to taking Nyquil and other prescribed medication, deputies said Kuntz rolled up her window and refused to exit her Ford Focus.

When deputies tried to break windows to the car to remove Kuntz, complaints said Kuntz had the car in drive which made it unsafe for deputies to remove her from the car. Complaints said the incident eventually escalated to a high speed car chase, exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour zone. One deputy involved in the incident said Kuntz tried to run his car off the road during the chase. After 29.4 miles, the chase — which involved multiple jurisdictions — ended at Highway 1 and Highway 92 in Washington County.

Complaints said a drug recognition expert examined Kuntz and determined she had consumed alcohol, or some kind of central nervous system depressant.

Eluding, interference with official acts, and assaulting peace officers with a dangerous weapon are all class D felonies, punishable by up to 5 years in jail and a maximum fine of $7,500. First-offense OWI is a serious misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,250.

Kuntz is being held at the Johnson County jail on a $23,500 bail.
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