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Hit-Run DUI Driver Arrested in Series of Collisions, Napa Police Say

Police used a K-9 to find the 31-year-old Yountville man they say ran from his vehicle after causing a series of collisions on the Silverado Trail late Friday night. Arrest information does not indicate a conviction.

A Yountville man was found hiding in a creekbed and arrested on suspicion of hit and run and DUI Friday night after his vehicle was involved in a series of collisions, according to a shift activity log released by the :

On 06/22/12 about 2320 hours NPD Officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Silverado Trail regarding a rollover major traffic collision.

Dispatch advised there were at least two prior hit and run collisions along Silverado Trail beginning in the 300 block and the vehicle that had rolled over was possibly responsible for the hit and run collisions.

When the first NPD Officer arrived on seen, a subject was seen running from the vehicle towards the Napa River in the area of the Oxbow.

Other responding units set up a perimeter and a Napa County Sheriff’s K-9 unit responded.

The suspect, Justin Michael Mendoza 31 years old of Yountville, was located by the K-9 hiding in a creek channel near the river. Mendoza was taken into custody.

He was the registered owner of the vehicle and displayed symptoms of intoxication.

During the investigation he was determined to have been the driver of the vehicle.

He was transported to QVMC via ambulance and later discharged with minor injuries.

Mendiza was booked at the on suspicion of DUI and three counts of misdemeanor hit and run.

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john s. mccullough July 02, 2012 at 06:43 PM
The K9's are 2-0 lately... a better record than Linsecomb? Good doggy!

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