A would-be vehicle thief in Weld County, Colorado was caught in the act by local police awhile back, thanks in no small part to the target 2015 GMC Acadia’s OnStar system.
The local Greeley Tribune reports that the alleged perpetrator – 22 year-old Monica Rascon – took the 2015 GMC Acadia sometime before it was reported stolen, at 7 pm. Local law enforcement reached out to OnStar representatives for aid in tracking the vehicle, but after Rascon managed twice to flee the police, OnStar disabled the vehicle, forcing her to a stop.
But Ms. Rascon refused to submit willfully to arrest; she attempted to forcibly take a neighboring car, which had pulled over to the side of the road during the police chase, but the driver resisted. Police rushed in, and when Rascon still refused to comply, she was tased and subdued.
Monica Rascon had two passengers with her in the vehicle: a 15 year-old runaway with several warrants, and a 22 year-old woman who was not formally charged, and was released at the scene.
The story really serves as a reminder of how far technology has come in the way of deterring criminal action, especially with regard to automobiles. If the movies have taught us anything, it’s that vehicle theft was a cinch in the earlier part of the 20th century. Now, an operator stationed practically anywhere on the globe can remotely incapacitate a stolen 2015 GMC Acadia, and thus aid in the arrest of the 22 year-old woman who took it.
Thank you, OnStar.