Young Man Crashes a Car before his Latest Arrest for Weapons Offenses
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BERKELEY — Curtis Verrett, Jr., an 18-year-old resident of Berkeley, has been arrested a few times for weapons-related offenses. His most recent arrest happened at Strawberry Creek Park after he crashed a car he was driving to flee from police.
His encounter with the law on March 4 began shortly before 9:30 p.m. Someone complained about loud music and drinking on Acroft Court, one block away from Strawberry Creek Park. Merrymakers were sitting inside a parked car.
When police arrived on the scene the car sped away. It was not pursued in the interest of public safety policy. Though the driver of the speeding car crashed into someone’s front yard fence, leaving the car disabled on the sidewalk. It happened near the intersection of Addison and Bonar streets.
Immediately, Verrett the driver fled on foot running towards Strawberry Creek Park, where an officer apprehended him. Verrett was reportedly in possession of a loaded handgun with an extended magazine at the time of his apprehension.
Verrett was placed under arrest at 10:06 p.m. and was transported and booked into Santa Rita Jail on March 5 at 3:21 a.m. He remains in custody in lieu of $110,000 bond. Verrett faces multiple charges for carrying an unregistered concealed loaded firearm.
Verrett has a violent history. He also faces charges for an assault using a semi-automatic firearm on October 15, 2022. He was arrested twice in December 2022 for assault with a firearm, and for carrying a loaded firearm.
by Jim Emerson