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February 6, 2018 > Driver in stolen car rams into police vehicle

Driver in stolen car rams into police vehicle

Submitted By San Leandro PD

While checking the area of Davis Street and Timothy Drive on the morning of Friday, Jan. 26, San Leandro police officers located a 2011 Cadillac sedan that had been reported stolen parked in the Westgate Shopping Center.

Inside the Cadillac was a man and woman. Officers tried take the pair into custody, but instead, the male driver started the car and sped away. Officers pursued the Cadillac onto Timothy Drive, and while evading officers, the suspect driver clipped the rear end of another vehicle in the roadway.

Police followed the Cadillac into a residential neighborhood, ending up on the 600 Block of Tudor Court, a dead-end street. While evading officers, the suspect driver clipped the rear end of another vehicle in the roadway.

Trying to escape, the man turned the Cadillac around and drove head-on toward a marked San Leandro Police patrol vehicle and collided with the front end of the patrol car. The officer was not injured. Eventually, the driver lost control of the Cadillac and it veered into a power pole and stopped.

Additional officers arriving on the scene and took the suspects into custody. Neither the driver or passenger were injured, but both were taken to area hospitals for evaluation before going to jail.

"We are thankful that no one was seriously injured in this event," said San Leandro Police Lieutenant Isaac Benabou. "This was a deliberate act by the suspect to ram our officer in an attempt to escape. The suspect will now face multiple felony charges."

Meanwhile, SLPD officers attempted to locate and contact the motorist that was struck by the fleeing suspect, but the vehicle left the area prior to police arrival. The vehicle struck was described as a "white transit van."

The vehicle had been reported stolen to the Fremont Police Department on Jan. 26. No other information was immediately available. San Leandro Police investigators are asking for anyone with information regarding the incident, including the white transit van that was struck, to please contact them at (510) 577-2740.

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