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Three arrested in Southside hit and run

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JUNE 23, 2011

Three of four suspects involved in a Southside hit and run were arrested on Sunday evening by the Berkeley Police Department.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., a Berkeley police officer on Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue spotted a maroon Toyota run a red light, almost causing an accident, and attempted to detain the vehicle.

According to Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss, the car evaded the officer and continued driving recklessly until it reached College Avenue and Dwight Way, where it hit a silver Acura RL. The driver was not seriously injured.

The occupants — a male teen driver and three female teen passengers — exited the vehicle and fled by foot, Kusmiss said in an email. The abandoned car then hit the Berkeley police officer’s car as well, damaging part of the front bumper and headlamp lens.

The officer followed after the suspects on foot as well, eventually detaining one young woman on Dwight Way and Regent Street. The officer had contacted other UCPD and Berkeley police for backup while in pursuit, and the officers who responded successfully apprehended the other two females.

After the suspects’ car was inspected the police officers found property they suspected had been stolen and marijuana, Kusmiss said in the email.

The three females were arrested on charges of possessing stolen property and for resisting the police.

Kusmiss said in the email that the department is still conducting an investigation to locate the driver.

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JUNE 23, 2011