Dayton officer cuts knee in foot pursuit; suspect indicted on drug charges

James A. Kuntz / Montgomery County Jail
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James A. Kuntz / Montgomery County Jail

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m. (March 30)

A man arrested by Dayton police on Valentine's Day after a foot pursuit was indicted this week on drug charges.

A Dayton police officer suffered a cut knee while chasing James A. Kuntz, 37, who was captured after he got stuck on a privacy fence. When officers took Kuntz into custody, they allegedly found drugs in his socks, according to police.

Kuntz was indicted on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of possession of cocaine, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report released Monday.

Kuntz, of Dayton, is ordered to appear April 11 for arraignment in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, online court documents show.

FIRST REPORT (Feb. 15)

A Dayton police officer was injured in a foot pursuit with a suspect who eventually got stuck on a fence.

The officer suffered a cut to his knee — he described it as the size of a half dollar coin in the police report.

The incident happened while chasing James A. Kuntz, who was wanted on an outstanding assault warrant.

On Tuesday afternoon, officers tried to get Kuntz to come out of a garage in the area of 1215 Highland Ave. Instead the suspect darted out and ran on foot through yards and over fences, according to the police report.

An officer who later gained custody of Kuntz while he was trapped on a privacy fence, realized his pants had been torn and his knee cut during the chase.

While in the police cruiser, officers found two capsules of suspected heroin in Kuntz's socks.

Kuntz, 37, is being held in Montgomery County Jail on charges of criminal damaging, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, weapons control and possession of drugs.

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