Iowa police officer becomes accessory to surprise proposal

JOHNSTON, IA (WHO/CNN) — A man in Iowa pulled off an arresting proposal with some help from the Johnston Police Department.

Jeff Schulte and his girlfriend Jenna Reitz were driving to Reitz’s parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner when they saw flashing lights in the rearview mirror.

Turns out, Schulte had a lead foot. “When they said you were going 46 in a 35 (mph zone), I said Jeff, you gotta sell this car,” Reitz said.

Tension escalated as the entire incident was caught on camera.

“Go ahead and shut your car off. Put your keys on the dash for me,” said police officer Matt Chiles.

“The whole family was sitting right inside,” Reitz said. “I thought well, Jeff is going to hear about this for the rest of his life.”

But this time was different.

“I need you to be honest with me. Is there a reason why you would have an arrest warrant out of Polk County for theft in the fifth degree?” Chiles asked Schulte.

Chiles ordered Schulte to get out of the car and patted him down. The officer asked Reitz to identify some merchandise he believed was stolen.

“I thought, ‘He’s going to jail. This is a mistake. This can’t be right,'” Reitz said.

The only thing that could wipe that frantic look off her face was the realization that the only thing Shulte had stolen was her heart.

The newly engaged couple have the video to remember that moment, captured off Chiles’ body camera.

“It’s nice to be involved in something they’re going to remember for the rest of their lives,” Chiles said.

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