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Troopers chase bikers going faster than 150 mph; 1 arrested

Utah Highway Patrol troopers and Summit County sheriff's deputies on Wednesday chased multiple motorcyclists who they say were traveling faster than 150 mph through Summit County. One man was arrested.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers and Summit County sheriff's deputies on Wednesday chased multiple motorcyclists who they say were traveling faster than 150 mph through Summit County. One man was arrested. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)



COALVILLE — One of an estimated seven motorcyclists traveling faster than 150 mph on I-80 Wednesday night was arrested by the Utah Highway Patrol.

Now the UHP is asking for the public's help in identifying the others who got away.

Just before 8:30 p.m. witnesses called 911 to report "seven bullet bikers traveling at speeds in excess of 150 mph weaving in and out of traffic eastbound on I-80 traveling into Summit County from Salt lake County," according to a police affidavit.

A UHP trooper spotted the group spread out over all three lanes of traffic. At the time, the group was traveling about 80 mph, the affidavit states. But as soon as the trooper got behind the bikers, four of them sped away.

"My visual estimation on the bikes were in excess of 150 mph due to the distance that they were gaining on me and my top speeds of 130 mph," the trooper wrote in the report.

The trooper lost sight of the bikers as they entered Tollgate Canyon. But they were spotted again by a Summit County sheriff's deputy on I-80 near Wanship. That deputy gave chase but lost sight of the motorcycles near Coalville after the bikers accelerated to at least 130 mph, the affidavit says.

Another UHP trooper chased the group to where I-80 meets I-84, but stopped pursuing them after they entered a construction zone and "the bikes (were) passing other motorists on the shoulders at very high speeds," according to the affidavit.

Troopers intercepted the motorcycles again on state Route 65 near East Canyon Reservoir. As at least one trooper pursued while another set up his vehicle ahead of the group near the Morgan County line, the troopers were able to stop one of the three motorcyclists.

A 21-year-old woman who was a passenger on the back of the bike that was stopped told police that she tried hitting and screaming at the driver but he wouldn't stop. The woman claimed she "feared for her life due to the reckless driving and speed of Orellana. She stated that she felt like she was going to fly off the bike because of how fast they were going," the affidavit states.

Jhon B. Sorto-Orellana, 31, was booked into the Summit County Jail and charged Thursday in 3rd District Court with three counts of failing to stop at the command of police, a third-degree felony; three counts of reckless endangerment, a class A misdemeanor; and three counts of reckless driving, a class B misdemeanor.

Prosecutors have requested Orellana be held in jail without bail.

Anyone with information on the other bikers is asked to call police at 801-887-3800.

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