OnStar helps police shut down pursuit and arrest driver

On March 22 at 8:47 p.m., Yarmouth Town RCMP responded to a call of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle, a white 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, was stolen from the driveway of a home. The keys had been left in the vehicle.

Police identified a potential suspect and the information was distributed to RCMP officers in the area.

At 9:14 p.m., members of Meteghan RCMP responded to a call on Hwy. 1 in Saulnierville​ indicating a commercial vehicle had been damaged when it was struck while being passed by a truck. The description of the truck was the same as the stolen truck from Yarmouth. Police checked the area but did​ not locate the truck.

The information was also relayed to members of Digby RCMP, asking them to watch for the truck. A short time later, the truck was observed travelling on Hwy.​ 101 between Weymouth and Digby. Police initiated a traffic stop, however the​ truck fled.​ RCMP members attempted to pursue the truck but called it off a short time later based on concerns related to the wet road conditions and excessive speed.​

The information about the stolen truck was then relayed to​ Annapolis District RCMP. Police positioned themselves on Hwy. 101 in Lequille, and a​ short time later, they located the​ truck and initiated a traffic stop.​ The RCMP’s​ Operational Communications Centre was contacted by​ OnStar,​ a safety and security technology embedded within GM vehicles, which was​ able to remotely disable the stolen truck. No one was injured.​

Police arrested the driver, who was the person they initially identified as the suspect, without incident. He was taken into custody​ at 10:10 p.m. and was held in custody until his court appearance today.​ Tomas Eugene Muise, 21, of Yarmouth has been charged with:

  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Breach of Probation (3 counts)
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Driving While Disqualified
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Being Unlawfully At Large (2 counts)
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Driving While Prohibited
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
  • ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Flight From Police – Motor Vehicle

Muise has been remanded and will appear in Yarmouth Provincial Court on May 6. The investigation is ongoing.


Source : Media Release

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