Image: BPD
Image: Berkeley Police Department

A man arrested by police in North Berkeley earlier this week after reportedly beating a man with a weapon, then crashing his car into a tree while fleeing authorities, is scheduled for arraignment Friday afternoon in downtown Oakland.

Duane Nailor, 54, of Texas was treated after the car crash for non-life-threatening injuries. He has since been booked into custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he remains in custody without bail.

Nailor was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, vehicle tampering, hit-and-run causing serious injury or death, driving under the influence causing bodily injury, and three different vehicle code violations related to evading police, according to the Alameda County sheriff’s department.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at 2 p.m. at the Wiley W. Manual Courthouse in downtown Oakland in department 112.

According to police, Nailor was seen by witnesses “violently” beating a man at Shattuck Avenue and Center Street around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday. The 41-year-old victim sustained major injuries, but remains alive in critical condition at the hospital, Officer Jennifer Coats said Thursday night via email. Witnesses told police that Nailor used a weapon to beat the man, who was on the ground.

Police say Nailor fled in a 2003 Ford Explorer when officers approached. He struck a police vehicle on Martin Luther King Jr. Way, then drove north, where he ultimately crashed into a tree at the Alameda and Hopkins Street, shearing open the passenger side of the vehicle during impact.

Nailor fled on foot, but police located him and took him into custody.

Police ask anyone with any information about this incident to call the Homicide Detail at 510-981-5741, or the non-emergency number at 510-981-5900. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Man arrested after attempted murder, car crash in Berkeley (10.23.13)

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