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Napa PD: Wednesday Morning Arrests

The following arrest information was provided by the City of Napa Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.

By 10 a.m. Wednesday, Napa police had already caught up with two alleged criminals, according to a media log released by the :

On 6-8-11 at approximately 0730 hours, the Napa Police Department responded to the 500 block of Soscol Ave concerning a possible theft of gas from a vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and found suspect Maria Martinez (32 years) and an unknown male pouring gas into a Ford truck.

During the contact, Martinez provided officers with a false name. Officers discovered a second vehicle, Toyota station wagon, parked next to the Ford truck. The station wagon had several 5 gallon gas cans and siphon hose located inside.

Officers discovered the station wagon was registered to Martinez. Martinez believed she had outstanding warrants for her arrest, but later provided her true name.

Martinez was placed under arrest for providing false information to a police officer.

A search of Martinez’s person revealed three baggies of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Martinez was booked at the for giving false information to a police officer, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia, police said.

The second arrest came after police spotted a man who is on Napa County probation, according to the log:

On 6-8-11 approximately 1000 hours, officers conducted an occupied vehicle check in the parking lot of Quezada Market on Old Sonoma Rd.

Officers contacted suspect Brian Vallandingham (23 years), who is currently on Napa County Probation. Vallandingham consented to a search of his person and was found to be in possession of several prescription pills. The pills were determined to be Hydrocodone.

Vallandingham was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation.

Vallandingham was booked at the Napa County Department of Corrections for possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation, according to the log.

Veronica June 10, 2011 at 10:41 PM
I'm just wondering - am I reading this correctly? The police conducted "an occupied vehicle check" in the second arrest listed so does that mean a 23-year old was sitting in his car in a grocery store parking lot and the police decided to check him out? I'm also curious about one more thing - most, if not all, of these media logs state that the suspect consented to a search of his/her person. Does it surprise anyone other than me that so many people carrying drugs or paraphernalia are consenting to these searches? I'm wondering if these people are aware that they're giving consent.
John Villante September 27, 2011 at 06:22 PM
They don't need consent because he was on probation. So people will give it to avoid suspicion.

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