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Press Release Case #12-2615

RE: Ukiah Police Department Case Number #12-2615

During the morning of September 17th, MCSO Deputies were in Redwood Valley investigating an assault with a dangerous weapon, and learned the suspect had fled the scene and possibly stolen a Corvette. At about 8:22 AM a Deputy spotted the stolen vehicle in the area of Feed Lot Ln and N. Bush Street, and a vehicle pursuit ensued. Due to the high speed of the pursuit and its close proximity to an Elementary School the MCSO Deputy discontinued the pursuit for public safety reasons. The MCSO Deputy broadcast the last known location and direction of travel of the suspect.

UPD Officers began checking the residential area on the west side of Ukiah for the vehicle. A UPD Officer located the vehicle on W. Clay Street and attempted to initiate an enforcement stop on the vehicle. The vehicle accelerated rapidly as it turned onto Highland Drive. The vehicle then turned on Myszka Place and eventual into a residential driveway where the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

The suspect in this case was identified as 22 year old Kevin Kuintzle. A concurrent investigation was conducted by MCSO, UPD and CHP. As a result of the Ukiah Police Department investigation Kuintzle was arrested and booked into the County Jail for the following violations.

2800.2(a) CVC- Reckless Evading

23152(a) CVC- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs

10851(a) CVC- Vehicle Theft

Kuintzle was also arrested and charged with additional crimes by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office as a result of their investigation.

Prepared by: Sergeant Erik Baarts #319

Safety · Professionalism · Community Service