Vermont State Police say a Wells River man looking down at his phone crashed into a municipal police car on I-91 on Thursday.
Kevin Bacon, 55, of Wells River, was allegedly searching for old episodes of “Saved by The Bell” while driving his 2016 Chevrolet Spark in Thetford. Police say he sideswiped a 2015 Ford Interceptor Police sedan owned by the town of Thetford Police Department.
Thetford Police Officer Stuart Rogers was reportedly stopped in the breakdown lane helping a driver whose vehicle had broken down. Rogers said his emergency lights were activated when Bacon crashed into the car.
Bacon continued for a short distance, stopped and then fled, police say.
Rogers gave chase and caught Bacon shortly thereafter.
Following an investigation, State Police say Bacon was looking down at his cell phone at the time of the crash, as well as several minutes beforehand, and never saw the disabled vehicle or the marked police cruiser. Further investigation revealed that Bacon was searching for a specific episode of the 90’s television sitcom “Saved by the Bell.”
Bacon was arrested for gross negligent operation of a vehicle and leaving the scene of a crash. He was cited to appear in Orange County Superior Court on July 31 to answer the charges. He was also ticketed for texting while driving.
State Police urge motorists to yield to stationary emergency vehicles and to not use electronic devices while driving. Neither Bacon nor Officer Rogers were injured as a result of this crash. Damage to both vehicles was minor.