Christmas Eve Police Chase Leads to Stolen Vehicle Break

Spate of stolen Hondas in recent weeks, Police Department reports

The Napa Police Department has experienced an increase in stolen vehicles, usually early 1990s Hondas, according to a police report released yesterday. Many of the vehicles were taken and recovered the next day missing electronic equipment or other property belonging to the registered owners or victims

But a possible breakthrough came early on Christmas Eve when officers pulled over a car for a vehicle violation and the occupants fled, precipitating a chase.

On Dec. 24, 2012 at approximately 3:19 a.m., a Napa Police Officer initiated a traffic stop of a blue Honda Civic for a vehicle code violation. During the traffic stop on Carriage Place at Lathrop Street, a female passenger fled from the passenger compartment, and the male driver, later identified as 19-year old Gaspar Delacruz of Napa, fled in the vehicle.

Delacruz led officers on six minute pursuit through the City of Napa, driving recklessly at high speeds and failing to stop for many stop signs and traffic lights. Delacruz left the roadway on two occasions and struck a street sign at the corner of Soscol Avenue and Old Soscol Way, but continued to flee from pursuing officers.

The pursuit ended on Trancas St near Valle Verde St. when the front driver’s side tire on the Honda Civic came off the rim. Delacruz immediately fled from the Honda on foot but was captured by officers on nearby Villa Lane.

It was later discovered that the blue Honda Civic was an unreported stolen vehicle from the 3500 block of Twin Oaks Drive in the City of Napa CA, registered to R. Davis of that address.

Gaspar Delacruz was arrested for felony evading a police officer, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, hit and run, and violation of his Napa County probation. In addition to the above charges, Delacruz had two outstanding felony warrants out of Napa County.

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MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 28, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Good job NPD be safe out there.
Ash Leigh December 28, 2012 at 06:03 PM
A friend of mines car was stolen a few weeks ago from downtown. It was found, stripped, in Martinez.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" December 28, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Esiuol Did your friend have insurance to replace? What year was the car? I feel the jail time should be more. For a car that is essential for ones economic stability,ie a way to work
Lorie December 28, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Stop it Honda! There should be a law that prohibits Honda from manufacturing any more Civic model because they encourage thieves to steal them and drive recklessly putting innocent bystanders and law enforcement officers at risk.
chuck2251 December 28, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Ash Leigh December 28, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Yes, insurance replaced it, and gave him $500 for the contents. I only know it wasn't a "new" car, and was at least 8 years old. He had a custom suspension and rims on it. It was more a hobby/sentimental car. He was more bummed over it than anything. It was stolen right next to the St. John church.
Henri Bridges December 28, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Here we go....
Tim Fertiny December 28, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Are you kidding?? Blaming the manufacturer for the actions of thieves???...Stellar idea
Lorie December 28, 2012 at 08:28 PM
I'm sorry Tim, I couldn't help my [sarcastic] self after all these discussions on "new gun control laws".
V_Therese December 28, 2012 at 09:04 PM
They (or the Sheriff's Dept., not sure which one) recovered another one last night. Yay!
Tim Fertiny December 28, 2012 at 09:17 PM
@Lorie...WHEW!, my bad on thinking you were serious.


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