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Albany Man Arrested On Suspicion of Crashing Into San Pablo Ave. Liquor Store

Berkeley police arrested the 36-year-old man on suspicion of felony hit-and-run.

-By Bay City News

An Albany man was arrested after crashing a car into a Berkeley liquor store on Tuesday night, a Berkeley police spokeswoman said.

Police and firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle into a store at 3045 San Pablo Ave. around 9:30 p.m., Berkeley police Officer Jennifer Coats said.

A four-door Chevrolet Cavalier had driven into the store, damaging the front-door area and striking a female patron, Coats said.

The victim suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, Coats said.

Meanwhile, police arrested the car's driver, 36-year-old Keith Kelly, on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, Coats said.

Store employees had to detain Kelly, who allegedly tried to run away after the crash, Coats said.

Once police arrived, he was arrested and booked into jail, where he remained in custody this morning, Coats said.

A front-seat passenger in the Chevy fled the scene after the crash and has not been found, Coats said.

It does not appear drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, according to Coats.

The store, Easy Liquor, was partially open this morning, according to a man answering the phone there.

He said employees were escorting customers through the damaged entryway.He said the store has been operating for 52 years.

Ross Stapleton-Gray December 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
(note to Editor... it would have taken a second or two to post the location info, i.e., a block and a half south of Ashby. And why not put the name of the store into the first graf?)
Don Ford December 06, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Note to Ross...It's only a short story about a small incident...Give the High School a call if you have the need to grade papers.
Ross Stapleton-Gray December 06, 2012 at 06:23 PM
It's a news story on (one of) my community's news sources. Lead with the five W's (who, what, when, where and why)... "Albany man crashes car into liquor store just south of Ashby on San Pablo Tuesday night, injuring one store customer. Police believe neither drugs nor alcohol were involved. He was later arrested for felony hit and run, while a passenger who fled the scene is still at large." If I wanted confusing crime reporting I'd go read Henry K. Lee in the SF Comical.
Robert Edwards December 06, 2012 at 07:48 PM
You get my vote, Ross
Laila Kearney (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Thanks for comments, Ross. This was a story from the news wire Patch subscribes to. I thought it was clearly written, but I'm sorry that some aspects of it were confusing to you. I took your advice and added the store name up higher in the story. I think that the address is fine as it is in the story, but I've attached a map for readers.
Joy Kekki December 06, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Note to reporter: In writing that it has been operating 52 years do you mean that we are supposed to guess the name?
Joy Kekki December 06, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Thank you, Laila. Now we can all proceed in better moods with the rest of the day :)))
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