Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

April 30, 2013

Probation for Appanoose Co. woman

By Michael Schaffer Managing Editor
The Daily Iowegian

---- — An Appanoose County woman just three days before sentencing in a case from 2012 had her pretrial release revoked.

Amy Sue Cunningham, 21, of Moulton, scheduled to be sentenced March 29 in the Appanoose County Courthouse had her pretrial release revoked on March 26 by the Department of Correctional Services. The report of violation filed by the department stated Cunningham was arrested in Appanoose County and charged with interference with official acts and three counts of trespass. Cunningham allegedly entered a residence and vehicles in Centerville without the owners permission, was in a confused state, allegedly under the influence of drugs, attempted to flee from custody and an officer was injured trying to apprehend her.

A complaint and affidavit filed March 11 by the Centerville Police Department charges Cunningham with one count of second degree criminal mischief, a class D felony. The criminal complaint alleges Cunningham on Feb. 25 at 400 E. Orchard St., Apt. 2A in Centerville at 12:09 a.m. destroyed $1,200 worth of property not belonging to her.

Cunningham refused to allow officers responding to the scene inside so they kicked in the front door. Once officers gained entry, they could see Cunningham was "covered in blood and her neck and arms were cut from self-inflicted knife wounds."

Officers had to use the Taser to subdue Cunningham because she refused to put down the knife.

Numerous collectables and furniture were destroyed and the entire apartment was left in shambles. The property destroyed belonged to her mother and Centerville Housing Inc.

Cunningham was ordered to appear at the Appanoose County Courthouse at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 7.

That wasn't Cunningham's first pretrial revocation order. On Feb. 1 a pretrial report of violation was filed alleging Cunningham failed to successfully complete her treatment at SIEDA substance abuse services and failed to contact her supervising officer with the Department of Correctional Services.

Her pretrial release was revoked on Feb. 1.

An arrest warrant was issued on Feb. 5 after she failed to appear for a pretrial conference.

Cunningham made an initial appearance on March 14 with a $15,000 cash bond.

In the case from 2012, where Cunningham was facing five criminal counts, she entered on March 19, 2013

a wavier of rights and guilty plea to one count of drunken driving, first offense, a serious misdemeanor and one count of child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor.

In the wavier, Cunningham admitted to chasing an individual with a vehicle while her children were in the vehicle she was chasing. "The chase included me driving too close to the other vehicle."

Cunningham also admitted to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

On March 29 Judge Kirk A. Daily sentenced her to 365 days in county jail, all but two days suspended, fine and two years probation for one count of drunken driving and two years in prison, suspended, fine, two years probation and credit for any time served for one count of child endangerment. The sentences were ordered to run consecutive with each other.

Cunningham was ordered to complete a drinking drivers and substance abuse evaluation.

Two counts of neglect of a dependent person, class C felonies, were dismissed April 3 and one count of eluding, a serious misdemeanor, was dismissed on March 29.

According to the criminal complaint and affidavit filed on Aug. 21, 2012 by the Centerville Police Department, Cunningham was involved in a high speed chase with a van being driven by Jerry Horn. Inside the van were Cunningham's two minor children.

At one point the chase involved three police patrol vehicles in the 1000 block of East State Street.

Once Cunningham and Horn were stopped, both refused verbal commands to exit their vehicles and both had to be physically removed while resisting.

The offense date for all five charges was Aug. 20, 2012.

Cunningham owes $3,150.13.

Cunningham is also facing one count of interference with official acts, bodily injury, an aggravated misdemeanor.