Coralville man accused of forgery and controlled substance violation

Rachel Steil, News Reporter

A Coralville man has been accused of forgery and controlled substance violation.

Brett Kriz, 30, was charged on Jan. 28 with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance violation, two counts of tax stamp violation, OWI, forgery, driving with a denied/suspended/cancelled/revoked license, possession of drug paraphernalia, providing false identification information, and insufficient number of headlamps on a vehicle.

According to the arrest affidavit, Kriz was stopped on an I-80 exit ramp by Coralville police after driving with no headlights or taillights. Upon approaching the vehicle, the officer picked up on the scent of marijuana, the affidavit said. Kriz provided police with a false name after failing to provide a driver’s license. According to the affidavit, Kriz appeared to have droopy, bloodshot eyes and spoke by slowly mumbling.

A drug dog was sent to the scene and positively alerted on the vehicle leading to a search of the vehicle, the affidavit said. Multiple bags of methamphetamine, four grams of marijuana, a bottle of Clonazepam, glass pipes with a burnt powdery residue, and a counterfeit $100 bill were found during the search of Kriz’s vehicle, the affidavit said.

After being transported to the Coralville police department, Kriz struggled to stay awake and attentive during a sobriety test. Kriz was evaluated by a certified drug recognition expert and was found to be under the influence of marijuana, a CNS depressant, and a CNS stimulant. Kriz refused to take a urine test, the affidavit said.

Forgery and controlled substance violation are Class D and Class B felonies, respectively.