Stolen vehicle's OnStar allows police to stop vehicle in safe location and arrest driver.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jesus Palacios-RiosDuring the early morning hours of March 8, the Madras Police Department responded to a call for service involving Jesus Palacios-Rios, 21, of Madras.

Police learned that Palacios had committed the crimes of strangulation and harassment during an interaction with his partner. The victim in the case did not need and did not seek medical attention, but based on evidence obtained, the crimes had occurred. Law enforcement began a search for the suspect.

At about 5:30 a.m., Madras law enforcement responded to Ponderosa Lane in Madras regarding a stolen vehicle. Police learned that a 2012 GMC Sierra had been stolen from a residence minutes before. The vehicle, which is equipped with "OnStar," was signed stolen. The owner notified "OnStar" of the theft.

With the assistance of "OnStar," the stolen vehicle was located by law enforcement at about 7 a.m., on U.S. Highway 97, near Brush Lane. Officers attempted a traffic stop, however, the suspect did not yield and continued fleeing north on Highway 97.

Although the speeds of the pursuit were low, law enforcement made the decision to not participate in a pursuit of the vehicle, as it occurred at a time when traffic was increasing and children were beginning to travel to school.

While the pursuit was terminated, "OnStar" continued to track the vehicle and was able to safely disable the vehicle once it was away from traffic at the intersection of L and Second streets in Madras.

Madras, Jefferson County, and Oregon State Police units were able to safely take the suspect into custody and he was transported to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, where he was lodged on bail totaling $50,000, as well as a probation hold.

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