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OnStar Assists In Madras Car Chase

MADRAS, OR -- The in-vehicle communication system "OnStar" helped track a car reported stolen, early Thursday morning. The company first helped locate the 2012 GMC Sierra at about 7 a.m. on Highway 97, near Brush Lane, in Madras. Madras Police Officers attempted to pull the car over, but the driver continued northbound. Despite the low speeds, officers decided not to continue the pursuit because of increased morning commuter traffic and the presence of school children.


Despite termination of the police chase, "OnStar" continued to track the suspect, and disabled the vehicle once it was away from traffic. Law enforcement from Madras, Jefferson County and State Police took the 21-year-old suspect into custody near "L" and Second Street, in Madras, a short time later.


Jesus Palacios-Rios is also suspected of committing domestic violence-related crimes, earlier Thursday morning. The victim did not seek medical attention, however Palacios-Rios is charged with Strangulation and Harassment, as well as Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Attempt to Elude. 

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