The Berkeley Police Department is announcing the arrest of the registered owner of the vehicle which was involved in the hit-and-run collision on Tunnel Road on Wednesday night.
This afternoon, Berkeley Police officers arrested Michael Patrick Medaglia, 2/13/69, of Oakland.
On April 25, after the hit-and-run incident, Medaglia reported to the Oakland Police Department that his vehicle had been stolen. A Berkeley Police alert was placed on the vehicle. This morning, April 27, the Oakland Police located the reportedly stolen vehicle, and advised Berkeley Police of the recovery. Berkeley Police Crime Scene Unit personnel examined the vehicle. Further investigation led officers to the Jack London Inn, 444 Embarcadero West, Oakland as a possible residence for Medaglia.
Late this afternoon, Berkeley Police officers contacted Medaglia in a room at the Jack London Inn. Medaglia was subsequently arrested for possession of a heroin, felon in possession of ammunition, violation of probation, and felony hit-and-run. He was taken into custody without incident. Medaglia’s misdemeanor probation violation stems from an August, 2010 case for a violation of PC 653(k), possession of a switchblade.
Investigators continue to seek witnesses and additional evidence in the hit-and-run investigation. Anyone having any information is encouraged to contact the Berkeley Police Department at (510) 981-5900.