November 29, 2017-Indiana State Police (IS)) say they were assisted by On-Star in identifying and disabling a stolen car today. According to the statement, ISP received multiple calls regarding an erratic driver on I-65 at approximately 7:00 a.m. today. “The vehicle was reported to be driving in and out of traffic and at a high rate of speed. At 7:15 a.m., a 911 caller reported the same vehicle was approaching exit 240.” Lt Terry Gose was at the Lowell Post at the time. Lt. Gose departed the post and headed toward I-65 according to the report. At that time, “the dispatch center received a call from ON-STAR who was calling to report that they had a customer report their vehicle stolen and it matched the description of the reckless driving vehicle on I-65.” Lt. Gose located the vehicle on I-65 and began following it. “A traffic stop was not initiated until the vehicle cleared all construction at exit 247. This is the Crown Point exit. Once the traffic stop was initiated, the driver sped off and a pursuit began. The vehicle reached speeds of 80+ miles per hour. As the vehicle approached exit 249, Troopers were advised that On-Star could remotely disable the vehicle. The dispatch center then made that request of On-Star and within 30 seconds, the suspect vehicle was disabled and the vehicle slowed to a safe stop on the right shoulder. Three suspects were taken into custody without further incident” the report continues.
“The assistance given by On-Star was instrumental in bringing this situation to a quick and safe conclusion. The 911 callers who reported the erratic driving were also very helpful in bringing this driver/vehicle to the attention of law enforcement. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department also assisted with the pursuit.”
The Indiana State Police would like to encourage motorists to always call 911 when any erratic or dangerous driving is observed.
*All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*