Berkeley police arrest man who allegedly drove car into Berkeley Marina with girlfriend inside

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Gregory Richard Polk III, 19, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly driving his car, with his girlfriend inside, into the water at the Berkeley Marina on Sunday evening.

According to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Byron White, emergency personnel responded to reports from the marina at approximately 7:00 p.m. By the time the officers arrived at the scene, they learned that a few good Samaritans had already rescued the two occupants from the sinking vehicle with their boat.

Polk, who was allegedly driving, was also arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence and felony battery — after punching one of the good Samaritans who rescued him, White said.

White also said Polk “intentionally drove his vehicle into the water after a domestic dispute with his girlfriend,” which was revealed upon further investigation of the incident.

Polk is being held at Berkeley Jail with a bail of $100,000. His arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.

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