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Suspected Shoplifter Flees at Napa River After Police Chase

The suspect led police on a chase through north Napa, ending when he abandoned his stolen vehicle on Trancas Street above the Napa River.

Law enforcement converged on Trancas Street at the Napa River just after noon Monday to search for a suspect who bailed from his car after leading police on a chase through north Napa.

The string of events started when police were chasing a suspected shoplifter in a red Toyota sedan at Trancas Street and Jefferson Avenue, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver crashed into a vehicle at that intersection and continued southbound on Jefferson with police patrol cars in pursuit.

From Jefferson, the suspect made a left onto Pueblo Avenue, continuing down the street to Soscol Avenue where the driver headed north to Old Soscol Avenue.

The Toyota came to an abrupt stop after slamming into either a parked vehicle or the guard rail at the corner of Trancas and Old Soscol Avenue at the Napa River.

The driver fled the vehicle toward the river. Napa police, sheriff’s deputies, a K-9 unit and the CHP helicopter joined in the search.

The Toyota had been stolen, Napa police said.

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tamie October 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Wow, the crime is now creeping into Napa! As a Napa native and a resident of Vallejo it is somewhat frightening to read about so much crime taking place in my home town. My husband and I are trying desperately to find an affordable, clean, and well maintained home to rent to in Napa, knowing full well that we don't have to bolt ourselves in at all times of the day and night, but now I wonder if we will have the same concerns again. Benicia is feeling the trickle of crime from Vallejo and it's sad to think that Napa is as well. :(
Amazingliquid October 30, 2012 at 12:11 AM
The man smashed through the Silverado plaza with a flat front right tire skidding on the rim as he blew through all the stops with police close on his tail. Someone could have been killed, either by him or the police car.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 01:34 AM
He's still at large, but now we have a partial description and some store-cam photos: http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/chase-crash-splash-man-jumps-from-bridge-to-evade-napa-police
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Tamie! I'm looking forward to welcoming you and Mr. Tamie as Napa neighbors, but we do need to secure our doors and windows here. Drugs know no municipal borders, and just a little precaution can deter a lot of people from transgressing boundaries and taking our stuff. I even lock my 15-year-old bicycle, because my heart would just about break if it were stolen.

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