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Police: Driver could face murder charge after pursuit leads to death

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An Oakley man who led Napa police on a chase through town that ended with a crash and the death of a passenger now is facing a possible murder charge, authorities said.

Jonathan Thomas McCarthy, 24, was in Napa County Jail without bail Wednesday in connection with Monday night’s pursuit that resulted in the death of Logan Bogan, 34, of Oakley, police said.

Officers were called about 7:30 p.m. to a Soscol Avenue store about a man in a white Honda appearing to be suffering from an overdose. The car was gone when officers arrived, but they saw it on nearby Maxwell Bridge and attempted to stop the driver, police said in a news release.

The driver wouldn’t stop and headed through south Napa and out Big Ranch Road, where a spike strip was set out by other law enforcement to try and stop the lead car.

The driver swerved to avoid the strip and lost control. The Honda overturned, and Bogan was thrown out. Both men were hospitalized, and Bogan died about an hour after the crash.

The car had been stolen in Antioch, and it had a license plate that had been taken from another vehicle. The two men had planned to steal something to get money for drugs, police said.

McCarthy was arrested on suspicion of murder, evading police resulting in a death, car theft and having stolen property.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707‑521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com.

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