A Texas man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Berkeley this morning after viciously beating a man and then fleeing from police, hitting a patrol car and finally crashing into a tree, according to Berkeley police.
Duane Nailor, 54, of Texas, was allegedly using a weapon to beat a 41-year-old Oakland man near Shattuck Avenue and Center Street around 12:45 a.m., police said.
The victim was on the ground while he was attacked. During the attack the suspect also broke a passing car's window before returning to hurt the man on the ground.
When officers arrived, Nailor fled west on Center Street in an SUV.
He then drove north on the southbound lane of Martin Luther King Jr. Way where he hit a responding police car. He continued to drive away while speeding north on MLK Jr. Way, police said.
Officers continued after Nailor but lost sight of him. Eventually officers found the SUV near The Alameda and Hopkins Street where it had crashed into a tree.
The right side of the car was sheared off after crashing into the tree, police said.
Nailor had apparently tried to run away from the crash site on foot, but was eventually taken into custody.
He was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries suffered during the car crash. He was arrested on attempted murder charges.