Riverside man in stolen cars arrested twice on I-5 in two days

Skye Kinkade
Siskiyou Daily News

A Riverside man was arrested twice in two days in the Yreka area this week: once on Wednesday for driving under the influence and again the following morning for driving a stolen Buick sedan.

Jorge Nemecio Luna, age 30, was also driving a stolen BMW when he was arrested for the DUI on Jan. 28, said Yreka California Highway Patrol public information officer Gregory Perkins.

Yreka CHP

As of Friday at noon, Luna was still listed as an inmate at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka on $20,000 bail.

During Wednesday's snowstorm on Jan. 27, Luna was driving a silver BMW when he failed to stop for a chain-control checkpoint on southbound Interstate 5 near South Yreka, Perkins said. He left the area "at a high rate of speed," catching the attention of CHP officers assisting stranded motorists.

"An officer attempted to overtake the vehicle and quickly discontinued due to the icy roadway conditions," said Perkins. "The BMW sped past stopped motorists who were installing chains ... (and) spun out" on the ice, coming to rest in the snow-covered center divide of I-5.

Officers determined Luna was driving while intoxicated and he was arrested and booked in Siskiyou County Jail.

The following morning just after 6 p.m., the dispatch center broadcasted for officers to be on the lookout for a stolen Buick sedan. A half hour later, a Yreka CHP officer working at a chain control checkpoint on I-5 near Edgewood Road spotted the Buick stopped in traffic at a checkpoint, Perkins said.

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"The quick-thinking officer used a ruse to inform the driver, who was later identified as Luna, that his tires had to be inspected and directed him to the center divide," said Perkins. "Luna complied and after exiting the Buick, he was arrested without incident."

Luna was booked again at the Siskiyou County Jail for vehicle theft. It was later discovered that the BMW Luna had been driving the day before was also stolen. He was charged for two counts of driving a stolen vehicle, Perkins said.

"The CHP would like to remind the public that simple deterrents such as parking in a secure or highly visible location, locking vehicle doors, using an alarm system, not leaving the vehicle unattended with the engine running, and reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement can make all the difference. By remaining vigilant, you increase the odds of not becoming a victim," Perkins noted. "In addition, the law is clear.  DUI of any substance, including alcohol, cannabis, prescription medication, impairing over-the-counter medication, illicit drugs, or any combination, is illegal and will result in an arrest for DUI." 

Skye Kinkade is the editor of the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers and the Siskiyou Daily News. She is a fourth generation Siskiyou County resident and has lived in Mount Shasta and Weed her entire life.