SAN LORENZO -- A day care center was evacuated and several streets were closed during rush-hour traffic Tuesday afternoon after a man punched a process server in the face and then sped off in his car, said a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

No one was seriously injured.

About 4 p.m. Tuesday, a process server went to a home in San Lorenzo to serve a man some legal paperwork.

The two got into a verbal fight and then the process server said the man punched him in the face and then tried to run him over with his car as the man sped away, said Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly.

Sheriff's deputies were called to an apartment building in the 15000 block of Washington Street, where the man went after driving away from his home nearby, Kelly said.

In the interest of public safety, authorities evacuated a day care center for a short time, Kelly said. The name of the center was not released.

Police tried to reach the man on his cell phone and made announcements for him to come out, but he refused. His car was towed from Washington Street, Kelly said.

More than two and half hours after the incident, authorities left the scene.

The man, whose name and age were not released, was not armed and not considered a threat to himself, the public or his 17-year-old son, who is with him.

Kelly said in the interest of time and opening all streets to motorists during rush-hour police cleared from the scene about 6:30 p.m. Kelly said the sheriff's office will submit a misdemeanor battery complaint to the Alameda County District Attorney's office for their review.


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