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Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Stolen truck owners lead alleged thief into CHP custody

The owners of a stolen truck managed to trick the apparent thief into driving straight into the CHP parking lot Tuesday after the Berkeley man tried to sell the owners diapers on the street, authorities report. Oakland California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said 49-year-old Brett Walker of Berkeley stole a pick-up truck (above) from […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

On the road with the CHP: Your questions answered

Last week, Berkeleyside spent a couple hours with the California Highway Patrol to get a sense of what a normal day on I-80 is like for these officers. There are about 100 officers with the Oakland CHP branch, and they handle the freeways from the southern Oakland border up through Berkeley until Richmond. Carpool violations, cellphone violations, […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

CHP chase through Berkeley ends with vehicle on fire

California Highway Patrol officers arrested a Berkeley man early Wednesday morning after chasing him for more than an hour through two counties from I-880 to the Caldecott Tunnel. Oakland CHP spokesman Officer Sean Wilkenfeld said the man refused to get out of his vehicle even after it caught on fire. Police ultimately used a K-9 [police dog], which bit […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety

Authorities clear out Gilman homeless camp in Berkeley

In a coordinated effort, workers from Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the city of Berkeley cleared out a large homeless encampment on Gilman Street near the I-80 freeway on Thursday. It’s the latest chapter in a struggle that has been going on for years between homeless denizens who have set up their tents on Gilman in West […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Motorcycle rider injured in collision on I-80 in Berkeley

A traffic accident on Interstate 80 west of University Avenue in Berkeley on Thursday morning sent a motorcycle rider to the hospital with major injuries, according to authorities. At approximately 6:20 a.m., Oakland CHP units responded to a collision on the westbound lanes of I-80 west of University, according to Officer Sean Wilkenfeld, spokesman for […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Motorcyclist dies after crash on I-80 in Berkeley

Update, Nov. 6: The motorcycle rider was identified as 44-year-old Kelly Wayne Dew of Benicia. His cause of death was blunt injuries, according to the Alameda County coroner’s office. Original story, Oct. 23, 1:45 p.m. A man on a motorcycle died Friday morning after running into a minivan on Interstate 80 in Berkeley, the California Highway Patrol has […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Concord man captured, after CHP chase into Berkeley, has history of erratic driving, high-profile arrests

A Concord man who drove the wrong way on the freeway, and fled from authorities after causing a traffic collision in Berkeley on May 18, was arrested early Wednesday morning. The California Highway Patrol arrested Jerome Wingert, 32, at around 3:10 a.m. at a Berkeley hotel. The arrest was made by CHP officers with assistance from Berkeley […]