A 26-year-old St. Helena resident was arrested Tuesday evening after fleeing from the scene of a three-vehicle crash he caused earlier that day, according to California Highway Patrol.
Jerklin Rodolfo Escalante was driving a 1996 Honda Accord northbound along Highway 29 north of Rutherford Grill when he rear-ended the vehicle in front of him, sending it into the southbound lane and into another vehicle, Officer Marc Renspurger said.
Four people were injured, but only the two people who were in the car that was in front of Escalante’s were transported to the hospital. Renspurger said the patients, both Napa residents, were transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center with minor injuries.
A helicopter and a police dog searched for Escalante, who had fled the scene on foot, but were not able to locate him. He was found later that night walking along Highway 29.
After being treated for moderate injuries, Escalante was arrested and booked at the Napa County jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit and run, and driving without a license.