Handcuffed Newton Man Killed Trying to Escape Trooper on I-80

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JASPER COUNTY, Iowa — A handcuffed Newton man died this weekend when he tried to run from state troopers on I-80.

The incident happened Saturday just west of Newton in Jasper County.

The incident report says a state trooper was taking an inventory of Matthew Lentzkow’s car after he was pulled over for operating while intoxicated at about 5 a.m. That’s when the Newton man ran off into traffic on the interstate while in handcuffs.

He was hit by a West Des Moines driver who is not facing any charges in the case. Lentzkow was pronounced dead at the scene.

The DCI is reviewing the case and the Iowa State Patrol is doing an internal investigation.

The trooper involved isn’t being named but is on paid leave as is protocol.


  • Justice

    I’m kinda surprised that the drunk wasn’t in the backseat of the cop car while the cop was ‘taking inventory’ of the car.

  • iamjoespinkyfinger

    Now then where is all the public outcry to fry this trooper for failing to secure the accused and allowing him to be killed like that? Will senator Grassley be calling for an investigation?

  • Betsy

    I don’t care how drunk you are…if you’re dumb enough to run out into traffic you deserve to get hit. Just glad this drunk driver didn’t kill anyone before he was pulled over. Tired of the good guys having to protect the idiots from their own stupid actions.

  • Don

    somewhere out there, is a family I’ve never met that’s very sad today

    can you people take a day off from being a jerk for a day, or even from being a jerk on one article?

    or is common decency completely beyond you?

  • Dennis

    As soon as the officer placed the subject in handcuffs and arrested the gentlemen the officer is then responsible for this subjects safety. Still the old saying come’s into play here. “To Protect ant to Serve”

  • Mike

    This man was my brother-in-law. He was a kind, loving, accepting, and generous person. He was intelligent. He was also very depressed. He had suffered through some difficult life events over the past few years. He made a few bad decisions. Haven’t we all? He may have even intentionally ran into traffic. We’ll never know. What I can tell you is that this incident does not define his character. He was a good person. He was a Navy veteran, and took several mission trips to Mexico and Romania to help the poor. There was a time when I would have read an article like this and immediately passed judgement on the character of the person involved, just as many of you have. But, in his passing, Matt taught me just how wrong I was for doing so. He taught me to judge less and love more. For that I am eternally grateful.

    • Mike

      The officer was following standard protocol for State Troopers. Their cars are are not equipped with rear seat cages. I would argue that they should be, but it wasn’t the trooper’s fault. My heart goes out to Mr. Perez, the driver of the van who struck Matt. I am sorry for the tragedy this brought to your life. Matt would not want you to have guilt.

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