Police: Chase Ends in Fugitive's Arrest

Arrest information from the Napa Police Department does not indicate convictions.

Napa police caught up with a wanted man of no known address after he fled from a vehicle under pursuit from authorities following a fight Tuesday evening, according to a shift activity log released Wednesday by the :

NPD Officers responded to a report of a fight in progress at a residence in the 100 Block of Freeway Drive.

Upon arrival a Ford Explorer was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed and it was identified by witnesses as being involved in the fight.

The vehicle was located in the area of Cherryview Ct and Old Sonoma Rd and a passenger fled from the vehicle upon contact with the police.

The passenger was apprehended on foot on Underhill Dr, south of Old Sonoma Rd.

He was identified as John William Thompson Jr (8/5/86), address unknown, and confirmed to have two warrants for his arrest.

He was additionally found to be in possession of a large amount of marijuana.

Thompson was arrested and booked into the on warrants for DUI and driving under the influence, with fresh charges of possessing marijuana and resisting, obstructing or delaying police, according to the log.

Tom Ontis September 08, 2011 at 04:31 PM
I lived in Napa for he first 22 years of my life. Me thinx that Napa Patch provides a service for the 'one more eye' approach to apprehending criminal suspects. Though I have no hard numbers, seems that criminal suspects are being apprehended quicker than they have been in the past.
Paul September 08, 2011 at 04:31 PM
Thank you Louisa! I was not trying to imply that someone is "paying" for print space even though advertising is just that...I was referring to the REWARD paid by the city government for turning someone else in. That is, IMHO one of the problems with our society today and it encourages people to implicate someone that might actually be innocent. I know of MANY people that have been mistakenly arrested and detained against their own will because they were told they "look" like a suspect they are trying to find. Sometimes it causes them to lose their job, their car and even their family and when they are released and told, "gee sorry, that informant told us that you really looked like the right guy", they are never compensated for the damages caused by the negligent acts of a police officer and a person that was trying to make a few bucks. It's not good and I for one would like you NOT to print that sort of garbage. My time in this town may be short anyway, too many drunk tourists on that HWY 29. I almost got run off the road by someone yesterday around 3:30pm as they pulled out from Mondavi winery and made a left turn right in front of me! Why don't they have DUI checkpoints on that main artery? Every other car is driven by someone that's been out wine tasting it seems...
Louisa Hufstader September 08, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Hi Paul -- As we have reported, Crime Stoppers is a private non-profit and the rewards are donated by individuals and businesses; as we have reported, city government is completely uninvolved in the program. As indicated in our reports, the fugitives are wanted for failure to appear on charges for which they've already been arrested, including DUI. Many wind up giving themselves up, as indicated by the number of warrant withdrawals we've been reporting. People are looking to Napa Patch for information about public safety and I'll continue to publish it, but you are free to click on other stories -- we have plenty.
Paul Marotta September 09, 2011 at 12:09 AM
There is something dangerous about private companies, whether for-profit or non-profit, in the "business" of law enforcement? What kind of society is it whose citizens inform on their neighbors about petty crimes in exchange for cash?
Paul September 09, 2011 at 07:53 PM
I agree with Paul. Where do you get your figures about Napa fugitives giving themselves up? A warrant withdrawal does NOT mean that they necessarily gave themselves up. Many warrants should never have been issued in the first place. If you know what the 4th amendment guarantees, it requires ALL warrants to be accompanied by "an oath or affirmation" and THIS is something that no warrant these days has attached to it. Don't believe me, just ask the Napa County court clerk how many warrants have "oaths or affirmations" in the file. NONE. I know, I have asked not just here, but Sonoma County and San Jose County. Just take one warrant and ask for that oath or affirmation as required by law and you will discover what I have, those warrants have no force of law because they violate the 4th amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure.


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