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Alcohol, Anger Fueled Motorist's Napa Rampage

"He told us he wanted to run down people," said Napa County Sheriff's Capt. Tracey Stuart.

An angry driver, who allegedly had too much to drink, went on a rampage Wednesday afternoon, which got him a visit to the hospital and a stay in the Napa County jail, according to Napa County Sheriff Capt. Tracey Stuart.

“He was angry and had been drinking. He told us he wanted to run down people,” Stuart said.

Timothy Case’s wild ride started around 3 p.m., when an off-duty sheriff’s deputy saw him driving a green sedan erratically northbound in the dirt median on Highway 29, near Soscol Ferry Road.

Case, 50, of St. Helena, drove the sedan toward a parked trunk in the dirt turnout at the intersection, barely missing the truck, Stuart said.

As the off-duty deputy was calling police dispatch to report a reckless driver, the sedan drove directly toward the deputy’s own vehicle, she said, adding, the sedan spun donuts and took off northbound on Soscol Ferry Road, heading toward the Napa Corporate Park area.

Case continued to drive his vehicle recklessly crossing into the path of oncoming traffic, causing several motorists to veer off the road, Stuart said.

Case continued to drive recklessly through the corporate park area, flipping off other motorists and waving a vodka bottle, Stuart said.

Two sheriff’s deputies were in the area and tried to stop Case’s vehicle.

Eventually Case made it to Highway 221 where he allegedly continued his reckless driving, heading toward Napa south of Kennedy Park.

Case wasn’t about to give up without a fight. He drove into the oncoming traffic, including sheriff’s patrol car, which had to take evasive action, Stuart said.

The drama continued north to the KFC parking lot in Napa South Marketplace parking lot, where Case allegedly drove his sedan directly into a small truck pulling a trailer, causing the trailer to overturn and causing major damage to his sedan, which by this time had bitten the dust.

Case suffered a small cut to his forehead, Stuart said. He was treated at Queen of the Valley Medical Center, released, and booked into Napa County Jail on four felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon (his car,) DUI and driving without a license.

Media release from the Napa County Sheriff's Office

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Belle (Orchid Lady) September 20, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Thank you to the off duty Deputy for calling in this dangerous person. Thank you to the responding Highway Patrol and Police officers for getting this guy off the road, and trying to keep unsuspecting motorists safe! Wonder how he feels this morning, hung-over and in a jail cell? I bet you family is very mad at you Mr. Case.
wiseone September 21, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Yes, thanks to the off duty officer and all who dealt with this guy. Thank goodness no one was seriously injured or killed. His irresponsible,dangerous behavior must have scared the dickens out of a lot of people. Let's hope this guy and is put away for a long,long time to think about his behavior. When you're fifty years old,you choiose to drink and drive and you act out your "anger issues" by putting so many people at risk, you deserve a long-term incarceration.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" September 21, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Wow This is one messed up puppy.
wiseone September 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Nah...At fifty,you ain't considered a puppy anymore.
Scott Yeager September 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Mike is right...Woof, woof.
wiseone September 21, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Scott,I bet your bark is worse than your bite or your scent,but I could be wrong. Let Timothy Case use the "messed-up puppy" defense in our local courts and let's see how far that gets him. He could have killed a lot of people,including himself, and that just stinks.
Dan Johnson September 21, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Don't blame the alcohol. This guy clearly has some problems he isn't dealing with appropriately. He wasn't even supposed to be driving. Hopefully being locked up will encourage him to get the help he needs.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" September 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I agree at some point you have to hit bottom.
Scott Yeager September 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM
"wise"one - Relax, I was just joking around. We are all aware he could have killed people. It's over and he didn't. We can all be thankful.
Scott Yeager September 21, 2012 at 10:24 PM
You can't blame alcohol but it is known to make people do stupid and crazy stuff when people drink too much.
Jeffrey Wright September 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Yeah , alcohol never causes or exasperates any problems now does it .....
Dan Johnson September 21, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Scott: The important distinction is that the alcohol does not cause behavior. It relaxes inhibitions, which often allows anger and other emotions to be expressed through destructive, or antisocial behaviors, but the alcohol doesn't cause the behavior. Nor does it cause the underlying emotions that lead to violent or other destructive behaviors. It only provides an excuse for the person to express the emotions inappropriately, by relaxing the inhibitions that might otherwise keep the emotions from being expressed in destructive ways. Michael. For many, "bottom" is death. And it seems this guy was trying for it. Therefore, it is best to intervene before the person "hits bottom". Getting him to realize he could have killed others as well as himself may be enough if he can accept the seriousness of his situation. But more work will be needed.
Tom Davidson September 25, 2012 at 06:42 PM
We can relax. It wasn't wine he was drinking.

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