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ISP: OnStar disables stolen vehicle in pursuit

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The Indiana State Police is reporting that an On-Star system was used on Wednesday to remotely disable a stolen vehicle being pursued by a trooper on I-65 in Lake County.

According to police, at 7 a.m. the Lowell Regional Dispatch Center received a report of a reckless driver northbound on 1-65 in Jasper County in a black 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, “driving in and out of traffic and at a high rate of speed.”

Fifteen minutes later, dispatchers were advised that the vehicle was approaching the Lowell exit--where the ISP post is located--prompting a trooper on station to proceed to I-65 himself. As he was doing so, dispatchers further advised that On-Star was reporting that one of its customers had previously reported the theft of a vehicle matching the description of the Cruze.

The trooper subsequently observed the suspect vehicle and followed it through a construction zone, then--once clear of the zone--he began a pursuit, at which time the driver of the Cruze accelerated. As the Cruze passed exit 249, two miles north of Crown Point, the trooper was advised that On-Star has the capability to disable a vehicle remotely and he accordingly requested On-Star to do so. “Within 30 seconds, the suspect vehicle was disabled and it slowed to a safe stop on the right shoulder,” police said.

“It was later learned that the victim, who resides in Indianapolis, had started her vehicle and left it running to warm up,” police said. “She went back into her residence when she heard the vehicle being driven from her residence and subsequently reported it stolen.”

Charged with auto theft, resisting arrest with a motor vehicle, and driving while suspended was Wendell Scruggs, 20, of Indianapolis. Also charged with auto theft was his passenger, Marcellus Dolomon, 18, of East Chicago. A second passenger, an Indianapolis juvenile, was not charged and released to his parents.

Both Scruggs and Dolomon were transported to the Lake County Jail.

“The assistance given by On-Star was instrumental in bringing this situation to a quick and safe conclusion,” police said. “The 911 callers who reported the erratic driving were also very helpful in bringing this driver/vehicle to the attention of law enforcement.”



Posted 11/30/2017




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