Stolen truck’s remote security system locates, slows down vehicle in Texas town; three Independence County residents arrested

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Thanks to the help of a remote in-vehicle security system, Texas authorities quickly recovered a pick-up stolen from Independence County.

On Oct. 1, Independence County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam McGilton was dispatched to a Miller Creek Road residence to take a report of a 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 pickup that had apparently been stolen overnight. The truck’s owner told the deputy he had also left a .22 caliber revolver under the passenger seat, according to the incident report.

McGilton was then advised by county dispatch that officials from Marion County, Texas had contacted the sheriff’s department to notify them that the Jefferson, Tex. police department had located a stolen vehicle from Independence County at an intersection in the Texas town. Representatives from the General Motors security program, OnStar, had contacted the Texas authorities and reported the location of the stolen vehicle, the report noted.

After Texas officers entered into a pursuit of the truck, OnStar remotely slowed the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, identified as a 16-year-old male with an Independence County residence, was arrested after the pick-up stopped. Two passengers — later identified as Newark, Ark., residents — ran from the scene on foot and were later apprehended and arrested by Jefferson law enforcement, according to the report. The two male subjects were identified as Trey Morgan Self, 19, and Shane Self, 20.

While searching the vehicle, police found the revolver lying on the passenger-side floorboard.

All three suspects were being charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, and fleeing from authorities.

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