Berkeley Officer Injured by Fleeing Suspect

By Bay City News
Tuesday February 15, 2011 - 10:49:00 AM

A Berkeley police officer was injured early Saturday morning when his patrol car was struck by a car driven by a man evading police officers. 

Police officers saw a Honda Accord speeding across the Oakland-Berkeley border at about 1:50 a.m. 

The car, which did not have its lights on, was moving north on Sacramento Street, where a police sergeant attempted to stop the vehicle, police said. 

The driver fled east on Woolsey Street past California Street, blowing through stop signs along the way. 

A patrol officer was driving north of Sacramento Street when, based on preliminary reports, the Honda ran the stop sign and struck the patrol car's passenger side, police said. 

The officer was transported to a local emergency room for treatment of injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening. 

Police took the Honda's driver into custody after drawing their weapons and challenging the driver, police said. 

The driver, Hodges Akili Taplet, 20, of Oakland, was treated at a local hospital and then booked into Berkeley Jail for reckless driving while vading police. 

According to police, Taplet also allegedly drove without a license and was in violation of probation. 

His 23-year-old passenger was not arrested.