OnStar helps police track down Uber driver’s carjacked SUV

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SAN DIEGO -- An Uber driver was carjacked at gunpoint early Tuesday near the Cross Border Xpress in Otay Mesa.

The victim was sitting in his black Chevrolet Suburban on Otay Pacific Drive near Siempre Viva Road when the suspect walked up and pointed what he thought was a revolver at him shortly before 1:30 a.m., San Diego police Officer John Buttle said.

The suspect ordered the driver out of the SUV, then hopped in and sped off toward state Route 905, Buttle said.

Police contacted OnStar and later tracked the vehicle to a Shell gas station off Interstate 15 in Escondido.

"They were able to tell us the vehicle is here and he's trying to disable the OnStar system," Lt. Justin Murphy said.

Escondido police found the car and took the suspect into custody.

"They drive up on him. They see a male standing next to the driver's side door. They ask the person to put up their hands, don't move, get on the ground," Murphy said.

The suspect faces a felony charge and could spend up to five years in prison.