Arrest Made In Hit-&-Run Of Berkeley Cyclists Caught On Video

BERKELEY (CBS SF) – An Oakland man who allegedly hit two bicyclists with his car Wednesday in Berkeley and then fled was arrested Friday afternoon, police said.

Berkeley police announced earlier that they were investigating a hit-and-run caught on camera Wednesday afternoon in which two bicyclists were struck by a black vehicle.

The hit-and-run occurred around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on Tunnel Road, where the bicyclists were traveling east and were struck by a car traveling the same direction, according to police.

Police Capt. Andrew Greenwood said one of the cyclists had a camera mounted on his handlebars. The video had more than 25,000 views on YouTube as of Friday afternoon.

He said the driver of the black vehicle did not stop afterward, as is required by law, so police treated it as a hit-and-run.

After the incident Wednesday, the suspect, Michael Medaglia, reported to the Oakland Police Department that his car had been stolen. A police alert was placed on the car.

Oakland police found the vehicle Friday morning and alerted the Berkeley Police Department. Berkeley police examined the vehicle and a further investigation led them to Jack London Inn, located at 444 Embarcadero West, in Oakland, as a possible home for Medaglia.

Officers contacted him late Friday afternoon at the inn. He was arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin, felon in possession of ammunition, violation of probation and felony hit-and-run.

The riders, both of whom were wearing helmets, had abrasions from hitting the road but did not require hospitalization, according to Greenwood.

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