BERKELEY -- A 21-year-old man driving a Corvette that smashed into a pole near the Claremont Hotel early Friday was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run, police said.

The single-car wreck, which happened around 2:20 a.m. on Tunnel Road, critically injured a passenger in the car and shut down the road -- which serves as a major artery into Berkeley from Highway 24 -- at the start of Friday's commute, Berkeley police spokeswoman Jennifer Coats said.

Tunnel Road was closed in both directions until around 7 a.m. and remained closed in the eastbound direction until just before 11:30 a.m.

Police identified the driver as Anthony Edward Torpey, a Castro Valley resident. He was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony DUI, felony hit and run, driving on a suspended license and battery on a peace officer.

The passenger, a 24-year-old man, was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland, where he was in critical condition. Coats said the man's injuries were so severe that a fatal-accident investigation team was called to the scene.

Torpey tried to flee on foot after the wreck, police said, but officers found him a short distance from the crash. He was being held at the Berkeley Jail on $91,200 bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon at Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland, according to jail records.


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