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Chase, Crash, Splash: Man Jumps from Bridge to Evade Napa Police

A suspected car thief led Napa police on a pursuit through the city during Monday's noon hour, escaping after he jumped from Trancas Street into the Napa river. Here's his description.

The man who led police on a lights-and-sirens chase through Napa during Monday's noon hour was still at large hours after abandoning a stolen vehicle and leaping from the Trancas Street bridge into the Napa River, according to a press release from Sgt. Mike Walund of the City of Napa Police Department.

Police were looking for a white male adult, about 6'3" to 6'4" tall and 170 pounds, with a short haircut and tattoos on his neck and arms, on suspicion of felony ecading arrest with a vehicle, hit and run, burglary and car theft, according to the police announcement, which continues:

On October 29, 2012 Officers from the Napa Police Department were dispatched to the Target store located at 205 Soscol Ave on report of a theft.

Security at Target reported that the male in the attached photos had stolen items from the store and then drove off in a red Toyota Corolla towards Imola Ave. Security provided a license plate number on the Toyota Corolla.

Napa dispatch checked the license number and advised that the Toyota Corolla was reported to be a stolen vehicle.

A short time later an NPD patrol unit saw the Toyota Corolla being driven on Trancas Street. The Toyota Corolla immediately sped off at a high rate of speed. The Officer activated the patrol car’s lights and siren. The suspect attempted to evade by driving at a high rate of speed violating numerous vehicle code sections.

During the pursuit the suspect’s vehicle collided with an uninvolved occupied vehicle at Jefferson Street at Trancas Street. The impact of the collision caused significant damage to the Corolla. The occupant in the second vehicle was not injured.

The pursuit ended when the suspect stopped the now damaged Toyota Corolla on the Trancas Street bridge over the Napa River. The suspect exited the Toyota Corolla and jumped off the bridge into the river.

A perimeter was set and NPD K-9, CHP Air Units and Napa Sheriff’s Deputies assisted with the search. The suspect was not located during the search and is still outstanding.

Please review the attached photos of the suspect and if you have any information please contact Napa Police Department Corporal Bill Hernandez (707)258-7800ext.5252 or bhernandez@cityofnapa.org.

You may also send an anonymous tip to the Napa Police Department by texting the word 707NPD and the tip information to 847411 (tip411), or call Napa Valley Crime Stoppers at 800/450- 9543, or text to 274637 with NVCS and your tip at the start of the message.

Source: City of Napa Police Department.

Earlier on Napa Valley Patch: Suspected Shoplifter Flees at Napa River After Police Chase. Click "Keep me posted" for automatic updates.

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Louisa Hufstader October 30, 2012 at 09:29 PM
It WAS a little like "Flowers for Algernon" seeing that post under your name, Steve <grin>.
Ron October 30, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I remember that book and movie.
Scott Yeager October 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Charly was a good movie with Cliff Robertson winning an Oscar for best actor.
Scott Yeager October 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Steev is 1 funnay dood.
Louisa Hufstader October 31, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Did you ever read the story about his experience as a Hollywood whistle-blower? Almost as chilling as "Charly."

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