The man arrested last week for allegedly walking his three mules across the Butler Bridge is free this weekend but intends to stay in Napa for a while.
John Sears, 65, was released from the Napa County jail at about 7 p.m. Friday after spending two days behind bars. Sears, who also goes by the name Mule, was traveling toward Santa Rosa on Wednesday when he was arrested on Highway 29.
He said he wants to remain in the area because he is not sure whether the charges have been dropped. He also wants to obtains his police report.
Sears, who had been traveling from San Diego to Northern California, said he was not stopped on the bridge as the California Highway Patrol has reported.
He said he was about 100 feet from the bridge. “We were never stopped on the bridge,” he said. Sears also said he did not see any signs prohibiting pedestrians on the bridge.
CHP officers said they detained Sears after urging him to turn around and take Soscol Ferry Road.
On Saturday, after sleeping outside, Sears walked to the Napa County Animal Shelter to retrieve his three mules.
A few hours later, Sears headed to the CHP station to collect his belongings, including tarps, horseshoe tools, a sleeping bag and medicine bottles. John McDonald, a filmmaker from Southern California who has been filming Sears for the past six months, was also there documenting the developments.
The mules, Sears said, were well taken care of.
The jail is very well run, he also said, and his incarceration did not bother him. “I always felt the energy in the mules with me all the time,” he said. “I really didn’t feel like I left them.”