A wanted felon was arrested in San Leandro after allegedly striking and injuring a police officer with a stolen car and ramming a police car while fleeing the scene, police said today. Police said officers spotted 22-year-old David Souza of San Lorenzo and a female passenger in the drive-thru of a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant at 699 Lewelling Blvd. around 6:40 p.m. Thursday.
Recognizing him as a suspect who was wanted on several felony arrest warrants, officers attempted to stop Souza, but the suspect then reversed his car and hit one of them, according to police. Police said officers pursued the suspect, who tried to ram a patrol car while fleeing. Officers found the stolen car Souza had been driving abandoned a short time later in the 1400 block of 162nd Avenue in unincorporated San Leandro, where several witnesses said they had seen the suspect fleeing, police said.
Police found Souza’s passenger, identified as 25-year-old Tiffany Movrich of San Leandro, hiding in the area and arrested her. Officers later found Souza hiding in a backyard in the 16200 block of East 14th Street and took him into custody with the aid of a police K-9. He was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland to be treated for bite wounds from the police dog. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of assault on a police officer and on several felony warrants. Police said the officer Souza allegedly struck with his car suffered minor injuries and did not require medical treatment.
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