Three men were arrested early New Year’s morning after police responded at 2:26 a.m. to a large fight in front of Morimoto’s restaurant in the 500 block of Main Street, according to Napa police.

Steven McElheran, 26, of Napa, allegedly elbowed an officer in the face and broke a mirror on his patrol vehicle; Luis Bernal, 24, of Napa, was arrested on suspicion of being intoxicated in public and for cocaine possession; Ryan Cravea, 24, of Middletown, is suspected of intentionally knocking someone’s cell phone, causing the phone to fall on the ground and break, according to Napa Police Capt. Jeff Troendly.

Several people received minor injuries in the fight, he said.

All three suspects were booked into the Napa County jail.

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And there is pressure to move the jail from its current location?

If this type of behavior will occur right across the street from where criminals end up spending the night, and where there is a strong law enforcement presence, imagine what it will be like with no law enforcement presence.

Downtown is the most efficient location for the jail, no 20 minute round-trip rides out past the college to book criminals. It might cost a few extra bucks in the beginning to modify the current structure, but the money saved paying police officers to drive out of there way, the more rapid wear and tear on police vehicles and the need to replace them more often, the focus on transporting prisoners rather than pursuing other criminal activity will far outweigh the cost of just expanding the current jail.

Plus the trend should be keeping government small, not expanding it...


More like across the street from the county jail (3rd Street motel). The restaurant was probably closed at that hour, so one would ask why imply Morimoto's? Oh wait, sensationalism or this story lacks all the facts.


Imply? Morimoto every NYE throws a huge party well passed midnight. Seems plausible to me. Sure they could have been passing by from other festivities, just as likely they were leaving Morimoto's.

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