OnStar remote tech used to stop vehicle that evaded Renfrew RIDE check


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A 28-year-old Tillsonburg man is alleged to have led OPP officers on a four-hour chase that began with an evaded RIDE check in Renfrew and ended with a roadside search by the force’s emergency response team and a canine unit.

In between, a rental agency used OnStar remote technology to stop the vehicle.

Renfrew County OPP officers were doing the RIDE check at about 10 p.m. Wednesday when a vehicle evaded the check point. It was later spotted on Elgin Avenue West, the OPP said.

When officers tried to pull it over, the driver of the rented vehicle sped away, only stopping briefly when it was blocked in by a police cruiser— resulting in minor damage to both vehicles.

The vehicle was spotted again on County Road 511, where police made further attempts at a traffic stop.

The rental agency contacted OnStar, a mobile service that, among other things, can track and remotely slow down and stop stolen vehicles.



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