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UPDATE: Driver Still Missing From Early Saturday Hwy. 29 Crash

Police seek public's help in locating driver.

Police search fields for driver in a.m. crash Saturday on Highway 29. credit Al Francis
Police search fields for driver in a.m. crash Saturday on Highway 29. credit Al Francis
Correction: This story has been amended as to the name of the tracking device used by firefighters. It is a FLIR, or forward-looking infrared device.

UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Napa-area police are still looking for the driver of a brown Honda that flipped over multiple times early Saturday morning on Highway 29 south of Imola Avenue.

Police suspect the motorist may be seriously injured, since the Honda rolled over multiple times before landing in the field alongside the highway, said California Highway Patrol spokeswoman Anna Paulson.

However, Paulson said, a check of area hospitals did not produce any information on the driver's whereabouts.

She said the accident occurred just before 7 a.m. and visibility was low. 

Because of the low visibility, police and firefighters at the scene used a variety of techniques to try to find the driver in the fields adjacent to Highway 29.

The Napa County Sheriff's Department brought their K9 tracking unit.
Also, firefighters used a FLIR, or forward-looking infrared device, she said. It was not immediately clear if the firefighters were from Napa County Fire Department or Napa City Fire.

"They were able to trace the driver to the trail to Golden Gate Drive," Paulson said. After that, police and firefighters lost the driver's trail.

Any witnesses or people with information on the driver are asked to contact CHP Officer Jaret Paulson at 707-253-4906.

PREVIOUSLY: 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
PHOTOS BY AL FRANCIS


A car crashed on Highway 29 southbound south of Imola Avenue and flipped over, apparently ejecting its driver -- or the driver fled the scene.

Witnesses said the accident occurred just before 8 a.m. The vehicle, which was resting alongside the highway, appeared to be a brown Honda, a witness said.

Napa Police and the California Highway Patrol were at the scene, searching the nearby fields for the driver, who was not immediately located.
james January 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM
might be some heat signatures on that floor. Better flu over and chuck it oot.
Keri Brenner January 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM
@KK: Thanks! I have corrected the story and posted a correction on the name of the device. It was hard to understand the name over the phone. Thanks again.
KK January 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM
My pleasure....
Tina Johnson January 13, 2014 at 01:11 PM
I'm confused. The k-9 dog traced the drivers scent from the scene of the accident to Silverado Trail, then Golden Gate Circle before it stopped? Does this mean they traced the drivers movement by foot away from the scene?
John Hess January 14, 2014 at 01:58 PM
My guess: the driver is "undocumented." Meaning: unlicensed, uninsured, unregistered and has a few outstanding warrants.

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