A motorist fleeing a traffic stop in St. Helena early Tuesday morning was seriously injured when his car ran off Highway 29, crossed Napa Valley Wine Train tracks and slammed into a tree, police said.
A St. Helena officer had pulled over a Kia Optima at 12:11 a.m. on Main Street at Hunt Avenue for speeding, Lt. Justin Tharp said.
When a Napa County Sheriff’s deputy and K9 arrived, the driver took off down Highway 29, through Yountville, then back onto the highway before crashing south of the town, Tharp said.
The driver, Ruben Garcia, 34, of Montebello, was ejected from the car upon impact. He was taken by CHP medical helicopter to an out-of-county hospital with major injuries, Tharp said.
Police intend to seek charges of evading officers, giving false information to an officer and possession of meth, Tharp said. The driver also had a parole hold, he said.
The passengers, Veronica Pena, 30, of Los Angeles, and Ana Pereira, 34, of Montebello, were taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries, Tharp said.
WATCH NOW: NAPA FOOD BANK TO MOVE DISTRIBUTION TO NAPA VALLEY EXPO
SEE PHOTOS OF THE CITY OF NAPA’S LEAST EXPENSIVE HOME SOLD IN JANUARY
Catch up on Napa County's top sports stories
In case you missed it, here is a look at the most-read sports stories on NapaValleyRegister.com.
The cross country season opened Wednesday with Napa and Vintage facing off at Kennedy Park and Justin-Siena visiting American Canyon.
After 15 months of not playing each other, the Vintage High girls tennis team still had the upper hand against Napa High.
Ezekiel Anderson has a better chance of playing football in 2021 than his American Canyon High School teammates.
Christian Ceja knew his school in the Napa Valley was not a mecca for soccer recruiters, even though the Crushers have contended for league ti…
Fran Finch, who died in an automobile accident on Nov. 21, is remembered by her mother, Kathy Dellwardt, Napa Valley Girls Fastpitch Associati…