A 19-year-old Napa man driving a stolen car led police officers on an early morning Christmas Eve chase through the city, according to the Napa police.
Gaspar Delacruz and a female passenger were in a blue Honda Civic when they were stopped by police shortly after 3 a.m. in a residential neighborhood just southeast of McPherson Elementary School, according to Napa police.
After the car was pulled over, the female passenger ran from the vehicle and Delacruz allegedly hit the gas and fled the scene, authorities said.
Officers pursued the Honda Civic for six minutes as Delacruz “drove recklessly at high speeds” and failed to stop at several stop signs and traffic lights, according to Napa police. The Civic also went off the road at least twice, including when it struck a street sign at the corner of Soscol Avenue and Old Soscol Way.
The chase ended on Trancas Street near Valle Verde Street, after the Civic’s front driver’s side tire came off the rim, police said.
Authorities said Delacruz then ran from the car before being captured by police on Villa Lane.
Officers later discovered that the Civic was an unreported stolen vehicle from the 3500 block of Twin Oaks Drive in Napa, according to police.
Delacruz was arrested on suspicion of evading police, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, hit and run, and violating probation. Delacruz also had two outstanding felony warrants out of Napa County.
Police said vehicle thefts have increased over the past month. Hondas — especially the early 1990s models — have been the vehicles most commonly stolen. Many of these vehicles are recovered the next day missing electronic equipment or other property kept inside the car.