A stolen truck was recovered and a man was arrested after an OnStar system disabled the vehicle during a carjacking east of Los Angeles Saturday night, authorities said.
The man was arrested on suspicion of carjacking after he allegedly pulled a 74-year-old out of his Chevy Silverado, knocked the man to the ground and stomped on his head near the 500 block of West Arrow Highway in San Dimas. The man fought back, but the suspect drove off in the truck.
OnStar was activated in the truck and deputies followed it onto the southbound 57 Freeway for an eight-minute pursuit, durign which the driver reach speeds around 90 mph. OnStar disabled the vehicle, slowing it down to 5 mph.
The system can use GPS to pinpoint a vehicle when it is reported stolen. An OnStar adviser can then send a signal that slows the vehicle and prevents it from restarting.
Deputies said the thief exited the disabled truck on his own, complied with orders and was taken into custody.
The 74-year-old man was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries. No one was injured in the pursuit and no collisions occurred.
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