High, on probation and tied to a stolen car


A Napa man who was already on probation, is back in jail and could face even more charges after he was tied to a stolen car.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, at about 11:20 a.m., Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to investigate an auto burglary. While conducting the investigation, the deputies found some items from a car that was reported stolen the night before. Shortly thereafter, they responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle that turned out to be the stolen car.

Deputies were subsequently sent to the 100 block of La Mancha Way on the report of a suspicious person. There they found the suspicious person loitering, discovered he was on probation – and was extremely high.

During a search of the suspect, the deputies discovered the keys to the stolen car and items from the auto burglary.

The deputies arrested James Cull, 28, of Napa, and charged him with felony possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and a no bail violation of his PRCS (post release community supervision) probation.

Deputies also recommended that the district attorney file charges of auto theft and auto burglary.

In other incidents reported to Valley law enforcement:

Saturday, Oct. 5:

5:02 p.m. – Unlocked, unattended and un-there. A Sonoma man told police he left his $1,500 bicycle unlocked and unattended in the alley outside Murphy’s Pub while he drank for two hours. When the cyclist returned, the bike, a black, Giant mountain bike, was gone.

Monday, Oct. 7:

4:35 p.m. – Napping on Napa Street. Police were called to a telephone pole in the 200 block of East Napa Street where a 34-year-old Napa man was napping while seated at the base of the pole. Police had difficulty rousing the man who was too groggy to stand but managed to convey to police that he had been out celebrating his birthday. At the urging of police, the man called a friend, but forgot to ask for a ride before hanging up. Given the absence of a responsible party and the man’s condition, he was booked into the county jail to sober up without charges.

Thursday, Oct. 17:

7:20 p.m. – The company you keep. During a traffic stop on a vehicle in the vicinity of First Street East and East Spain Street, a Sheriff’s deputy discovered that a passenger was on misdemeanor probation – and that she apparently lied about it. After Tiffany Pimentel, 26, a transient, was removed from the vehicle, deputies searched the vehicle and found 18 syringes, burnt spoons and a brown, tar-like substance that later tested positive for heroin. Pimentel was arrested and charged with felony possession of a narcotic controlled substance and a probation violation.

10:23 p.m. – God and Satan locked in combat. Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the 100 block of Laurel Avenue on the report of a highly intoxicated man causing a disturbance. When they arrived, deputies found Matthew Salopek, 53, of the Springs, in the front yard of a residence yelling about God and satan and screaming threatening slurs. Deputies had to take Salopek to the ground, at which point he told them God would kill them. Salopek was arrested on charges of felony making terrorist threats and booked into county jail.