Police Officer Sustains Injury After Being Hit With Car

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A Berkeley police officer was hospitalized Tuesday after being hit with a car at a gas station in West Berkeley by a man suspected of using a stolen credit card.

At 4:38 p.m., Berkeley Police Department officers received a call regarding a possible theft at the Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, a french school in West Berkeley. The school's communications manager, Jennifer Monahan, said a man was seen walking around campus about an hour and a half after school had ended. She said teachers saw him leaving the classroom of a teacher who later claimed her wallet was missing.

"Three or four teachers tried to stop him from leaving, but he got into his car and drove off," she said. "His car was parked directly under my office window, so I was able to see his license number, and I called 911."

After getting an accurate description of the man in addition to his license plate number, officers began patrolling nearby gas stations - a common stop for suspects to use debit or credit cards shortly after thefts, according to Berkeley police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss.

"A four-year veteran of BPD spotted the suspect and his white Volvo pumping gas at the Econo Gas Station at Eighth Street and University Avenue," she said in a statement. "The BPD officer approached the suspect on foot and engaged him."

Kusmiss said the suspect jumped into his car, where he proceeded to drive forward and then accelerate in reverse, hurling the officer to the pavement. The suspect fled the scene, and officers initiated a pursuit, she said.

Maria Garcia, manager of the gas station, said she was not at the station at the time of the incident but re-watched it through security cameras.

"What I saw was the police talking to (the suspect) as he tried to drive away," she said. "I thought he was trying to leave and accidentally hit (the officer)."

The suspect allegedly abandoned his car at the intersection of Seventh Street and Dwight Way and began running on foot. Two officers chased and arrested Oakland resident Deandre Irvin, 31. Officers found heroin and marijuana in Irvin's possession at the time of his arrest. He was booked on charges of second degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, fleeing from a police officer, possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence, resisting arrest and violation of probation, according to Kusmiss.

The officer was transported to a local emergency room by Berkeley Fire Department paramedics. Kusmiss said he is doing well and sustained no apparent significant injuries.

Irvin is scheduled to be arraigned at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland today.


Contact Jasmine Mausner at [email protected]

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