Teen car thief thwarted by OnStar techs, Madison police say

MADISON, Wis. - A teenager accused of stealing a car was thwarted by in-car technology Wednesday, Madison police said. 

The Madison Police Department said a Chevrolet Cruze, equipped with the in-car security and safety communication service OnStar, was reported stolen out of Sparta. An OnStar representative called Madison police at about 8:30 a.m. to say OnStar was tracking the vehicle and it was in downtown Madison. 

The stolen car went out John Nolen Drive with OnStar providing police in real time with its location, according to the report. Officers attempted to pull the car over, but the driver didn't stop. Instead he entered the busy Beltline Highway headed west.

Back at OnStar, employees sent a message to the car using the company's stolen vehicle slowdown technology, police said. The driver was trying to accelerate, but the car was instead slowing down.

The driver sideswiped a couple of cars before driving into a ditch near Fish Hatchery Road, police said.

The driver took off running, but thanks to help from several witnesses who saw him fleeing, officers were able to track him down. He was found hiding in some bushes on Petra Place and arrested.

Dontrell V. Stamps, 17, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle without consent  plus multiple traffic violations, police said. 

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