Car Fights Back, Ends High Speed Chase

Police in California say General Motors' OnStar communications system stopped a dangerous high-speed chase and helped them capture a carjacking suspect by disabling a stolen sport utility vehicle.

OnStar officials say the incident early Sunday in Visalia was the first time the system was used to halt a chase.

Police say it all began about 3 a.m. when a 21-year-old man used a sawed-off shotgun to take a Chevrolet Tahoe from two men in a parking lot. Police contacted OnStar, which found the Tahoe by using a global positioning system. Two officers spotted the SUV but the driver sped off. That's when OnStar operators sent a signal that slowed the Tahoe to a halt.

The surprised thief ran off but was quickly captured when he fell into a backyard swimming pool.

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  • by Don't believe the hype on Oct 20, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    I do agree it worked well in this situation. However, for everyone who thinks it's a great idea, wait until you're taxed based upon miles driven via gps. Don't believe me? Look up vehicle mileage tax. I intentionally bought a German car as it is illegal in Germany to have a black box monitor your driving habits. And yes, all new GM vehicles have these. Whether or not your insurance company has the right to use the data after a wreck is up for debate. If I ever own another GM vehicle, the Onstar antenna will be pulled immediately. If my car is stolen, I hope it's driven into a tree as I will never drive it again. If you don't think getting a stolen vehicle back is bad, then why is it one of the few disclosure items on a title along with flooded and totaled???
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    EEEEEWWWWWW Garner. I didn't think about that.
  • by Gamer on Oct 20, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    Now they are finally using technology to their advantage. Just think about it, people being able to monitor your vehicle and stop it when ever it is needed. To be able to print you up a lovely speeding ticket when ever you speed. I love technology.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    I would like one placed on my teenagers car please. I would like the controls!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 at 09:38 AM
    First time used? I hope it gets used more often. People that steal are just evil, and shouldn't get away with it.
  • by To Mike on Oct 20, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    Do you really believe any of the Big 3 are American car companies? They might be owned by American business men but for the most part they aren't assembled in the USA and the parts that they use to put the car together aren't made in the US either.
  • by Mom Location: NC on Oct 20, 2009 at 06:07 AM
    That is WAY TOO COOL! All vehicles should have this! What could the terds steal then!!! LOVE IT!!!
  • by Jim Location: SC on Oct 20, 2009 at 06:06 AM
    It worked out great this time.. But watch out, imagine what the government could do with this kind of control. Big brother is watching...
  • by SBK Location: Belhaven on Oct 20, 2009 at 05:57 AM
    This is a great invention. I don't know how much this costs, but if most vehicles had this equipment it would just about halt car thefts and dangerous pursuits. A lot of lives would be saved. Maybe insurance companies will offer lower premiums on vehicles that have this option, and I hope it can be bought and retrofitted onto vehicles with out it. I'm sure that thieves will try to find a way to circumvent it, but that could be hindered by putting a tamper feature on it. If you were a thief would you risk stealing a vehicle if you knew that it had this system? It may be expensive but I can remember when calculators first came out and they cost almost a hundred dollars. Now you can get one for five bucks. I don't think the government should require them, because there's too much government interference now, but an insurance premium reduction would be a good way to motivate people to retrofit them on their vehicles and I hope that someday, it is standard equipment on all vehicles.
  • by OutsideLookinIn Location: ENC on Oct 20, 2009 at 04:56 AM
    Sounds like he got caught 'wet handed'.
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