Police: Napa man arrested following Saturday morning car chase

Napa Police arrested Jaime Giemi Mendoza of Napa Saturday morning following a police pursuit that also involved officers from American Canyon Police, Napa County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol.

According to Napa Sgt. Mike Walund, Napa officers were called to the 1000 block of Pueblo Avenue around 3:30 a.m. for a reported verbal dispute. Mendoza was reportedly arguing with family members, but he was not at the residence when police arrived.

Officers received a second call, and when they responded, Mendoza was found sitting in his vehicle. Mendoza refused to exit the vehicle, so officers broke a rear window to allow for K9 access. Upon breaking the window, Mendoza drove away, Walund said.

A Napa County Sheriff’s patrol car employed a vehicle intervention technique, which caused Mendoza to drive into a parked car on the 1700 block of Yellowstone Street in north Napa. Mendoza exited the vehicle and took off on foot.

Officers deployed two K9s after Mendoza. He struggled with the K9s until officers arrived to subdue him with a taser after the dogs were pulled off of him. During the struggle, Mendoza injured one of the K9s, but the injury was not life threatening. Two members of the Napa County Sheriff’s officers also received minor injuries, according to Walund.

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Mendoza was booked into the Napa County jail on charges of assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest, evading police officers, animal cruelty, willful injury to a K9 officer, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mendoza also had a felony warrant for his arrest for violently resisting an officer.

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