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High speed chase ends near Castle Rock, possibly thanks to OnStar

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Colorado State Patrol troopers identified a stolen vehicle just south of Colorado Springs Tuesday morning. Over a half an hour and almost 50 miles later, they were pursuing that suspect on foot in another county.

Colorado State Patrol spokesperson Nate Reid confirmed officials had a suspect in custody as of 11 a.m. He also said the vehicle’s security system may have played a role in slowing that suspect down.

Reid said the chase began on Interstate 25 close to mile marker 151 and south of Colorado Springs, when a vehicle troopers believed to be stolen did not pull over during an attempted traffic stop.

Instead, Reid said, the driver revved the vehicle to speeds reaching 100 m.p.h. as he fled north, often doing so in southbound lanes. The driver crossed county lines, traveling from El Paso County to Douglas County before his vehicle stopped approximately two miles south of Colorado Springs.

The decision to stop may not have been the driver’s, according to Reid, who believed the engine may have been shut down by the OnStar security system in the vehicle

While it slowed down the suspect, it didn’t stop him completely, and he took off on foot. Reid said the suspect was apprehended several minutes later.