SAC CITY, IOWA – A Hampton woman who was caught and arrested after she allegedly used a pickup truck to try to run down a police officer this summer is guilty of only assault in that case.
On Monday June 6th, 2016 the Sac City Police Department was informed that 36-year-old Ryan Minteer of Steamboat Rock, Iowa was possibly located in Sac City and that he had an active warrant for his arrest out of Marshalltown, Iowa. The police department investigated this information and with the assistance of several individuals determined that Minteer was living at 730 South 13th Street and been loaned a red Chevrolet K1500 pickup to drive by a Sac City male.
On Tuesday June 7th, 2016 at approximately 10:54 P.M. a Sac City Police Officer located the red Chevrolet pickup that Minteer was possibly operating at Casey’s General Store. The officer went to investigate and located a male and female inside the vehicle. The officer determined that the male in the vehicle was Minteer by a driver’s license photo. When the officer approached Minteer he denied that he was Ryan Minteer and instead provided a false name.
Minteer failed to cooperate and obey the officers’ orders and took off running. A foot pursuit ensued from Casey’s to Main Street and then to South 14th Street. The female in the vehicle, later identified as 20-year-old Jessie Uhlenhopp of Hampton, Iowa, started the vehicle and began pursuing the officer. On South 14th Street Uhlenhopp intentionally drove the Chevrolet pickup at the officer. The officer ran towards the former Bauer Built building attempting to seek cover with Uhlenhopp still pursuing. Uhlenhopp swerved away from the officer just prior to striking the building. The foot pursuit with Minteer was terminated.
An extensive search of Sac City and the area was then undertaken to locate Uhlenhopp and Minteer. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office, Lake View Police Department and Sac City Police Department conducted this search. A short time later the red Chevrolet pickup was located in the 100 block of North 12th Street and a white GMC Sierra pickup was stopped leaving this location. Inside the GMC Sierra pickup was Uhlenhopp. Uhlenhopp was taken into custody without incident. Minteer was not located and was at large for some time; he now appears to be in the Marshall county jail.
Jessie Uhlenhopp was arrested and later charged with assault on a peace officer while using/displaying a dangerous weapon (a class D Felony), going armed with intent and assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. Ryan Minteer was charged with interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor.
Assisting the Sac City Police Department were the Sac County Sheriff’s Office and Lake View Police Department.
Uhlenhopp posted $5,000 bond and was released from jail a few days later. She entered a not-guilty plea and awaited court proceedings.
Finally, on December 8, she entered a guilty plea to only assault while displaying a dangerous weapon. The other charges were dismissed. She must serve 2 years of probation, pay $100.00 in court costs. Other fees might apply, but a fine was suspended, as was a 2-year prison sentence.
Also this month, Uhlenhopp was found guilty of providing false information to law enforcement in Marshall county and was given a 30 day jail sentence. She was also found guilty of meth possession and given 2-years of probation and a suspended 365 day jail sentence. Her driver’s license was revoked for 180 days, as well.
Uhlenhopp is now in the Hardin county jail serving time after she was found guilty of assault in connection to an incident last February.