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High-speed chase and crash caught on tape

By Marc Giauque and Sandra Yi  |  Posted Aug 20th, 2008 @ 11:12pm


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A high-speed chase involving a bullet bike ended in a fiery crash on Monday, and it was all caught on tape.

A trooper noticed the speeding bullet bike on I-15 in Davis County. The biker, going more than 100 miles an hour, managed to outrun troopers until he got to Corinne, which is 60 miles north of Salt Lake.

UHP trooper Cameron Roden said, "Our cars can travel pretty fast, but he was definitely exceeding what our speeds are."

But the chase ended when the guy on the bike lost control. The bike ended up underneath a green Ford Expedition and then burst into flames.

In the video of the chase and wreck, the female passenger can be seen running back to the vehicle to get her child. She carries the child to safety, then goes back for her second child. Meanwhile, the deputy goes to help the male driver.

Troopers say before the crash, the driver of the SUV tried to avoid the bullet bike a couple of times, as it weaved in and out of traffic and almost hit another car. "They're lucky that they were all conscious and were able to get out in time before the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames," Roden said.

As for the biker, he tried to run away, but troopers found him 1,000 yards away with road rash. The man gave police a fake name, but he's been identified as 27-year-old Daniel Savino.

As for motive, Savino told troopers this was his own video game adventure. "I don't know whether he was trying to act out a scene in a video game or what he was trying to do, but he said it always worked for him in video games," Roden said.

It didn't work out for him in real life. Troopers say he's lucky to be alive, especially because he wasn't wearing a helmet or a shirt. Now Savino is facing some serious charges.

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