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

Update, April 2: Police said no one was ultimately arrested Wednesday because it was the driver who fled from the scene. The driver had been westbound on Ashby when he ran into a parked pickup, said BPD. When police got to the scene, the driver ran away and managed to evade capture.

Update, 10:15 a.m. Police were unable to find the person who ran from the crash scene. They remain in the area handling the traffic collision, BPD said. Information on the people who were arrested will be available later in the day.

Original story: Officers in Berkeley are looking for a man who fled from a hit-and-run car crash in southwest Berkeley on Wednesday morning, authorities report.

Police have asked people to avoid the area around Ashby Avenue, Mabel Street, Burnett Street and San Pablo Avenue during the search.

Officer Byron White, BPD spokesman, said the incident took place around 9:15 a.m. at Ashby and Mabel. A witness saw a motorist who was “driving recklessly” plow into a pickup truck.

White said police saw the collision take place. Several people bailed out of the vehicle and tried to leave the scene, he said.

BPD detained two people but are still looking for the third.

Berkeleyside will share additional information when it becomes available.

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...