Back to jail for suspected vehicle thief who didn't come to court

Cary Ashby • Jan 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

An area man is back in custody on allegations he stole a Sherman Township man's Corvette and wrote a bogus check in the process.

Jack D. Napier, 50, of Mentor, was out on bond in the case Monday when he was presented a fresh felony charge of failure to appear.

On Oct. 16, Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway issued a warrant for Napier's arrest after he failed to show up for his final pretrial hearing.

Now, the defendant must post a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail. Napier told the judge Monday how much a financial hardship it would be on his family since his wife has many medical bills, but Conway told the defendant he was in court earlier when he learned of his court dates.

"He's alleged to have stolen a Corvette," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said Monday. "There have been plenty of chances for him to return the vehicle, but nothing has been done."

Napier is charged with one count each of grand theft of a motor vehicle and passing bad checks. The grand theft charge is in connection with a March 16, 2011 incident while the checks charge stems from an offense between March 16 and 30, 2011.

"He wrote a bad check to take possession of a vehicle," Leffler said in November.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo told the judge Monday that Napier took his "friend's word" that the charges against him had been dropped and he didn't need to come to the courthouse. The case originally was filed in Bellevue Municipal Court.

"I should have followed up on it," Napier said. "I wasn't trying to run from anything."

The defendant recently was pulled over by police for not having a front license plate. Napier said officers didn't notify him he was wanted on any warrants, so the charges "are news to me."

Napier's trial is scheduled for March 12. Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Rich Larson took the suspect into custody after Monday's hearing.

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