Police responding to a large fistfight in West Berkeley arrested two men Friday night: one tossed a gun and the other rammed a police car as he tried to flee, authorities report.
Only one of the men has been charged so far, according to court records online.
The incident came out around 7:45 p.m. Friday with reports of a group fistfight in the 2300 block of Bonar Street.
When officers arrived, Berkeley police said, a group of six to eight men dispersed as did a crowd.
Lamont Neal. BPD
One man was seen dropping a gun, the Berkeley Police Department said.
BPD was able to arrest him and recover the firearm.
While officers were responding, a driver coming from the 2200 block of Bonar Street rammed a police cruiser as he tried to flee the scene, BPD said.
He also hit several parked cars before crashing on Bonar, authorities said.
No injuries were reported in relation to the collisions.
As of this week, 21-year-old Lamont Neal — the man police say ditched the gun — remains in custody without bail and has been charged with several gun-related offenses, according to jail records online.
Neal, a Berkeley resident, is also being held on robbery and felony evasion warrants from jurisdictions outside Berkeley, according to jail records and police.
Daryl Byndloss. BPD
Police identified the fleeing driver as 19-year-old Daryl Byndloss, also of Berkeley.
He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, which is a felony, as well as obstruction and hit-and-run causing property damage, which are both misdemeanors.
Byndloss is no longer in custody as of this week and has not been charged, according to court records online.
That does not mean the case is resolved, however, as charging decisions generally take longer when someone is out of custody.
On Tuesday, a reader also asked about a report of gunfire in the 2200 block of Bonar Street, between Bancroft Way and Allston Way on Monday at 9:25 p.m.
BPD said responding officers found no evidence of gunfire in the area.