Try 1 month for 99¢

A 24-year-old Napa man wanted for suspected child abuse was arrested Tuesday after leading police on a three-mile, low-speed chase through Napa, according to Napa Police.

Daniel Leon, who had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest, was sitting in his vehicle in front of Grocery Outlet on West Imola Avenue at just after midnight Tuesday when he was contacted by police. When police advised him of his warrant and asked him to exit his vehicle, officials said, Leon instead drove off.

Police followed Leon’s vehicle at low speeds for about three miles before getting ahead of him and setting up tire deflation sticks at the intersection of Silverado Trail and First Street. Leon stopped his vehicle before driving over the sticks and was taken into custody.

Leon was arrested and booked at the Napa County jail on suspicion of misdemeanor evading an officer and resisting arrest in addition to felony charges related to his warrant.

The arrest warrant was issued June 14, a year after Leon was arrested in Santa Rosa on suspicion of child abuse. 

Leon had taken his then 2-year-old daughter to a hospital in Santa Rosa on June 7, 2017, according to police reports. The little girl had sustained injuries consistent with physical abuse, police said, including two broken arms, multiple bruises on her face, lower back and mid-back and a friction burn on the side of her neck. 

Leon said she was injured after sliding down a slide at Fuller Park in Napa the previous day, police said. Leon was arrested and transported to the Napa County jail. The Napa County District Attorney filed two charges of felony child abuse against Leon on June 13, 2018. 

He is being held at the jail on $110,000 bail. 

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct year of Leon's original arrest. 

Subscribe to Daily Headlines

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.
4
7
2
14
49

Maria Sestito is the former Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She now writes for the Register as a freelancer.