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Police Ask OnStar To Help Stop Stolen SUV

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Police Ask OnStar To Help Stop Stolen SUV

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A man was trying to evade police after carjacking a new SUV, when to his surprise the vehicle ground to a halt. Police had called operators at OnStar, who sent a command that electronically disabled the gas pedal. It was the first time GM's OnStar has been used to stop a chase. The thief tried to run away but was caught after he fell into a backyard swimming pool.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. A man was trying to evade police after hijacking a new SUV at gunpoint, when to his surprise the vehicle ground to a halt. Turns out police called operators at OnStar, who sent a command that electronically disabled the gas pedal. It was the first time GM's OnStar has been used to stop a chase. Not the thief's only bad luck. He tried to run away on foot, but was caught after he fell into a backyard swimming pool.

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