Gray Nissan Maxima stolen, suspect taken into custody

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After a gray Nissan Maxima was stolen, a California Highway Patrol, or CHP, Golden Gate Division helicopter followed the vehicle as it traveled westbound on Interstate 80 toward University Ave at about 100 mph, according to a CHP press release on Facebook.

The vehicle, which was traveling from the Solano area, exited onto University Ave and traveled through several streets before the driver stopped. When the driver exited the vehicle and began to “flee on foot,” CHP “maintained visual” as the Berkeley Police Department, or BPD, arrived on the scene and assisted CHP Oakland area units, the press release said.

According to the press release, BPD and CHP conducted a thorough search of the perimeter. The suspect was eventually taken into custody.

In response to the police activity, BPD released a Nixle Alert at about 12:41 p.m. Wednesday, notifying the community to stay away from the 2300 block of 7th Street. Later, at about 2:23 p.m., another Nixle Alert was sent stating that the region was clear of police activity.

As a result of the police activity, Rosa Parks Elementary School was “sheltered in place,” with its doors being locked and its students having to stay in their classrooms, according to BUSD spokesperson Trish McDermott.

While students remained in their classrooms, staff members traveled “from classroom to classroom” to ensure students remained safe.

Overall, the school did not go through any major disturbances, though older students who eat lunch at a later time were not allowed to go to the cafeteria to eat, according to McDermott. Instead, lunches were delivered to individuals classrooms.

Shortly before students were dismissed for the day, BPD informed the district that the situation was considered safe. Though considered to be safe, a police officer remained present at the front of the school as students exited campus.

“Students were cooperative and calm during the process,” McDermott said in an email. “The principal immediately checked in with teachers about students who might need any extra support today.”

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Mallika Seshadri is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @SeshadriMallika.