OnStar Helps Find Carjackers

Jan 06, 2010

With the help of GM’s OnStar in-vehicle safety and security system, police have apprehended two suspects accused of hijacking a vehicle from Julia Corker, the 22-year-old daughter of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN).

Steven Alston, 25, and Dewalden Connors, 22, are now in custody in a facility in Prince George’s County, Md., the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. They are both charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. Other charges were pending.

According to Sen. Corker’s spokesman, Julia Corker was driving home about 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 2 when someone knocked on her window at a stop sign near the Verizon Center. While she responded to one man asking for directions, another man allegedly got in the passenger side of her vehicle and forced her out. She was thrown to the pavement but suffered no serious injuries.

D.C. police said they used the onboard OnStar system to track down the stolen Chevy Tahoe, and the suspects were taken into custody in Suitland. Ms. Corker positively identified the suspects later that evening.

Photo courtesy of OnStar Connections under the Creative Commons License.