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Oregon troopers make arrest thanks to in-car tracking device

BAKER CITY, ORE. - A car stolen from the 400 block of Yakima Valley Highway in Sunnyside last Wednesday was located Friday afternoon 30 miles east of Baker City, Ore., thanks to the use of an in-car tracking device.

A dealership-installed tracking device was activated, allowing the Oregon state troopers to track the whereabouts of the stolen car, a 2004 Chevrolet Impala.

Oregon State troopers located the car and arrested the driver, identified as a 29-year-old woman from McAllen, Texas, at a rest stop at approximately 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, according to the OSP report.

Oregon police were aided by C Speck Motors of Sunnyside, which allowed the officers to pinpoint the car at the Weatherly Rest Area. The vehicle was remotely disabled, preventing the alleged car thief from escaping.

Arrested was Melissa N. Roman on charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and unlawful possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Originally, the car had been reported taken sometime Wednesday night in Sunnyside, according to Sunnyside Police Sgt. Scott Bailey.

The woman was accompanied by her three children, who were turned over to the Oregon Department of Human Resources.

The case remains under investigation.

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