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David Souza, 22, of San Lorenzo, was arrested after police say he struck and injured a San Leandro police officer with his car. (Photo by San Leandro Police Department)

SAN LEANDRO -- A wanted felon who struck and injured a San Leandro police officer with a stolen car after officers spotted him in a Jack In The Box drive-thru was nabbed by a police dog after a chase, authorities said.

David Souza, 22, of San Lorenzo -- known to be armed and dangerous by police -- was arrested on suspicion of assault on a police officer and for several felony warrants on Thursday night after being caught in the 16200 block of East 14th Street in San Leandro, Lt. Mike Sobek said.

The officer suffered a minor injury and did not require medical attention, police said.

Souza, a felon, had been wanted on a parole violation for several weeks, police said, and has a history of assault, resisting arrest and vehicle theft.

About 6:40 p.m., police spotted him in the Jack In The Box drive-thru line at 699 Lewelling Blvd.

Officers knew Souza was wanted on several felony warrants, that he had reportedly fled from capture in the past and was considered armed and dangerous. They also knew he was allegedly driving a stolen car.

When Souza spotted the officers approaching him, he put the car in reverse and backed up fast. While doing so, he hit a male police officer, Sobek said.

A police chase began, and at one point, Souza reportedly attempted to ram a police cruiser.

Souza drove off and shortly after, the stolen car was found abandoned in the 1400 block of 162nd Ave in unincorporated San Leandro.


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Witnesses in the area told police they watched two people jump out of the car and run. Police, assisted by deputies from the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, began searching for the suspects.

A female passenger, identified as Tiffany Movrich, 25, of San Leandro, also reportedly fled the vehicle, but was captured in the 1400 block of 162nd Avenue. She was arrested without incident on suspicion of charges including obstructing a police officer and vehicle theft and is due to be arraigned on Monday at the Hayward Hall of Justice.

Souza was eventually caught by a police dog hiding in a yard on East 14th Street. He suffered injuries by a police dog and was transported to Highland Hospital for treatment and was slated to be booked into jail.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.