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Rostraver police use GPS to locate chase suspect

| Sunday, June 1, 2008

Authorities used a GPS system to help find a 16-year-old driver who allegedly took them on a chase Saturday.

Rostraver police said the teen, who was not identified, took his sister's Dodge Durango without permission.

After his sister, Antonia Howze of McKeesport, located the vehicle and her brother in a Rostraver store parking lot, she approached him. He slipped the vehicle into reverse, injuring his sister after dragging her about 100 feet through the lot, police said. He then fled.

Police located the car a few minutes later on Route 51, near Ridge Road, after a GPS device in the car was tracked. The GPS provider worked with Westmoreland County 911 to relay the vehicle's location to officers, authorities said.

The chase ended near the Madison exit off Interstate 70 shortly after noon when the driver lost control.

The teen had a bench warrant filed against him, police said.

They expected to charge the teen in connection with the chase.

Howze was treated and released from Monongahela Valley Hospital, police said.

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