OnStar helps police catch $61K stolen Camaro intact an hour later
BAKER CITY, Ore. - Police caught up with a stolen 2013 Camaro with a little help from GM's OnStar system Wednesday morning.
The investigation started when police in Baker City responded to a burglary at the Baker Garage auto dealership. Someone broke into the showroom and made off with a brand new $61,000 Camaro.
The next nearest towns along Interstate 84 are about an hour in each direction at legal freeway speeds. Less than 45 minutes after the burglary, however, a state trooper and two sheriff's deputies near La Grande, west of Baker City, spotted the Camaro coming westbound down the highway.
They were expecting him: the car's OnStar system relayed information about the car's whereabouts to police.
OnStar gave law enforcement another helping hand: even as the Camaro took an exit and tried to head back east, the car lost all power. OnStar disabled the engine, reducing the Camaro's top speed to 30 mph.
The driver pulled over and was taken into custody.
James D. Reedy, 46, faces charges of DUII, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle and Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended.