Marine gets apology but no explanation for errant warrant

A Marine says she’s been given an apology but no explanation for an errant warrant that led to her arrest in a Des Moines suburb.

Sgt. Kaylie Coats says she was arrested Dec. 7 while home in Waukee on leave. The warrant alleged Coats hadn’t paid for a $45 cab ride in Clive in 2015.

The 23-year-old pleaded not guilty the next day in court, telling the judge the allegation was wrong because she’d been stationed at Camp Pendleton in California at the time. The judge ordered a call to the prosecutor.

A few hours later Clive Police Chief Michael Venema called Coats and apologized, explaining only that the warrant was issued in error. He’s since declined to comment publicly about what happened, citing the possibility of litigation.