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Correction Appended

Suspect Arrested in Alleged Hit and Run, Vehicle Theft

Police arrested a man who was allegedly under the influence while driving a stolen pickup truck following reports of a vehicular crash on UC Berkeley property in Albany early Saturday morning.

UCPD received a phone call at about 4:19 a.m. Saturday reporting that a truck had crashed into one of the landscaping units in the parking lot at University Village student housing in Albany.

Officers from UCPD and the Albany Police Department arrived on scene at around 4:26 a.m. and were informed that the suspect was on the third floor of one of the village's buildings, allegedly attempting to gain entry into one of the apartments, according to UCPD Capt. Margo Bennett.

Bennett said the suspect - identified as Musid Nassir Abdallah - appeared to be extremely intoxicated and, following a third-floor resident's allegations that he was ringing their doorbell and attempting to force the doorhandle, was taken into custody by UCPD officers at around 6:55 a.m.

Abdallah is being charged with driving while under the influence, vehicle theft, hit and run, tampering with a vehicle, a probation violation, possessing a knife on university property and public intoxication.

"This is not a frequent type of crime we have occurring," Bennett said. "We certainly will be working with the (district attorney) to pull together the information they need to successfully prosecute this, and the rest of it really is in the hands of the court system."

Bennett said after checking the truck's license plate following the incident, it was revealed that the vehicle was reported stolen from somewhere in Oakland.

According to a UCPD crime alert describing the incident, Abdallah received psychiatric evaluation after his arrest.

-J.D. Morris


Correction: Friday, October 1, 2010
A previous version of this article incorrectly attributed the suspect's psychiatric evaluation to a UCPD crime alert, when in fact it was a UCPD crime log. The Daily Californian regrets the error.

The Daily Californian regrets the error.

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