A San Jose woman was arrested late Tuesday night after ramming a stolen car into the front of a Walgreens and then into a police department patrol vehicle.
On March 31 around 11 p.m., one of our officers on patrol spotted an unoccupied stolen vehicle out of San Jose parked in front of Walgreens, located on the 100 block of East El Camino Real.
As our officers began to investigate further, a woman, later identified as 29-year-old Daniela Devine, began to get into the driver’s seat of the car, a Mitsubishi sedan. A 40-year-old man began to get into the passenger side of the car.
Our officers surrounded the car, and asked the two to get out of the car. While the man complied, Devine instead drove the car first into the front wall of the Walgreens, then backed up and rammed her car into one of our patrol officer’s vehicles while he was inside it.
Devine then attempted to run away but was quickly caught by officers.
Crews were called out to check on the structural integrity of the Walgreens building, and our officer’s patrol vehicle did sustain some damage. Our officer is ok.
During a subsequent investigation of the car, officers found several credit cards and personal identifying information for other people, none of which belonged to Devine or to her passenger.
Devine was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of burglary tools, vandalism, violation of her probation, and possession of drug paraphernalia, among other charges.
She was transported to the Santa Clara County Jail, where she is currently being held without bail.
“This was excellent work by all our officers involved,” said Lt. Mike Canfield. “Those who would victimize others through crimes of opportunity, and then subsequently try and evade responsibility for those actions, is upsetting. I’m thankful for our team’s proactive efforts.”
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