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OnStar Helps Oregon State Patrol Catch Stupid Camaro Thief!

Stolen Camaro recovered thanks to OnStar
(Courtesy Oregon State Patrol)

This is the kind of story that should help boost (pun intended) sales of GM cars. I can imagine the smiles at McCurley Integrity Auto Dealerships at additional proof from our area, northeastern Oregon, that OnStar works very well.

Baker City, Oregon police report that the 46-year old alleged car thief had broken into the Baker Garage auto dealership, and made off with a brand new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro.  Police got the call around 7:43 a.m. Wednesday.

James D. Reedy,  was tracked on I-84 by the GPS equipment contained in the OnStar on board program, and his exact location, direction and speed were sent to Oregon State Patrol troopers. OnStar operators then governed the Camaro’s engine so it would not go faster then 30 miles per hour!   Troopers were waiting for Reedy when he rolled up to their location, pulled over and surrendered.

The reason OnStar did not shut off the car completely is the power steering would have been locked, controlling the vehicle would have become nearly impossible and it would have likely crashed.    Police report Reedy, who had been staying in a Baker City motel, suffered a “medical episode” at the scene and was taken to a hospital in La Grande.

He was then transferred to the Union County jail on a variety of charges.   The medical episode was most likely a heart attack resulting from him realizing the OnStar had disabled the car, and he was going to get nabbed!

Maybe next time, steal an older car!   Reedy is pictured below.

James D. Reedy
(Oregon State Patrol-Union County Jail booking photo)

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