Berkeley police cruiser (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso
Berkeley police cruiser (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso

Update, 5:10 p.m. One man has been arrested after Thursday’s road rage incident in Berkeley that led to another man being taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Watch commander Lt. Dan Montgomery said one motorist drove into the other one just as he was exiting his vehicle following the dispute, which happened on Russell Street by Grove Park, west of Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Police are still investigating whether the other driver may also face arrest.

Montgomery said that, though there had been earlier reports of a possible firearm, no weapon was recovered. The driver who ultimately was arrested did remain on scene when police arrived.

No further information was immediately available but Berkeleyside will update this story if additional detail is provided.

Original story, 2:26 p.m. A motorist has been taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a two-car crash that may have stemmed from a verbal altercation in South Berkeley, authorities report.

The Berkeley Police Department said there may have been a gun involved but officers are still trying to confirm that information.

Berkeley Police spokesman Sgt. Andrew Frankel said a call came in at 1:38 p.m. about a collision at Ashby Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.  The call involved “some suspicious circumstances,” he said.

The crash may have been the byproduct of a verbal altercation between two vehicles that escalated.

Officers remain on the scene with one of the drivers. Frankel said it was too soon to say whether any arrest had been made.

The other driver was taken to Highland Hospital with serious injuries.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...