Two cars crashed in Berkeley, and all the occupants ran in different directions. One alleged driver was just charged with gun possession

BERKELEY — Federal prosecutors have filed felony gun charges in connection to a bizarre chain of events the followed a Jan. 13 crash near the border of Berkeley and Albany, according to court records.

Raymond A. Rodriguez, 24, was charged this week with being a felon in possession of a firearm, court records show. Jail records say he has been in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin since the night of the crash, when he was arrested after running from the scene of a two-car crash.

As a matter of fact, authorities contend that not only Rodriguez, but everyone associated with both cars ran from the accident — at least three people in total. While he was running, “frantic,” from the scene, Rodriguez allegedly stopped to exchange a hug with a woman who turned out to be the registered owner of the car he was driving, who was also fleeing, authorities allege.

On top of that, the driver of the other car in the crash has never been located, according to the criminal complaint against Rodriguez.

According to the complaint, Rodriguez tossed a pistol while a Berkeley officer was chasing him on foot after the crash. A passer-by witnessed the alleged gun-tossing and helped officers locate the weapon.

Rodriguez was not allowed to have guns because of a 2016 conviction on an assault with a deadly weapon charge, for which he was sentenced to two years in state prison, the complaint says. Rodriguez’s first court appearance on the federal charge has not been set, but he’s been jailed for nearly eight weeks on a state parole revocation hold, court records show.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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