Keith McCord ReportingTwo high speed chases, two vehicles, in two states has landed ONE suspect in jail. That may sound like chase sequence from a bad action movie, but in this case it makes our newscast.
Our cast is the Utah and Nebraska Highway Patrol, Farmington and Layton PD, a couple of sheriff's departments in Nebraska, some helicopters and a few K-9's.
Last Friday night, UHP Trooper Lisa Steed tries to stop a stolen green Land Rover in Farmington with California license plates. The driver takes off...
Lisa Steed, Utah Highway Patrol: “We continued westbound on Shephard Lane. The vehicle reached speeds 80-90 miles per hour.”
UHP dash camera video shows the SUV going out of control and rolling, coming to rest on the overpass to I-15. The driver crawls out and disappears into the night.
Two days later, Sunday afternoon, Kyle Brown pulls into his driveway and notices that one of his bullet bikes is gone.
Kyle Brown: “I was sick. I was absolutely sick.”
It's a Ducati 996, an Italian, hand made bike. Fast and expensive.
Kyle Brown: "He stole a helmet that I had specially made to match it. He stole my gloves, he stole everything. He took all my gear, set himself up and drove away with it."
The UHP alerted authorities in nearby states. Two days later in Chappell, Nebraska, a gas station reports a man on a red motorcycle stealing gas. Another chase begins.
Lisa Steed, UHP Trooper: “This time speeds were 130-140 miles per hour on I-80 in Nebraska.”
After a 17-mile chase the man abandoned the bike and tried to run off again, but was found hiding in a building. 23-year old Michael James Caudill is being held in a Nebraska jail, on vehicle theft charges. He's also wanted in other states.
As for Kyle Brown's bike? He'll ride his others for now. He's just relieved his prized red one wasn't damaged by the thief.
Kyle Brown: "If I wasn't so mad at him, I'd thank him for putting the kick stand down, and setting the bike down carefully."
Now he just has to get it home. He says it's sitting at an impound lot in Nebraska, costing him more money each day.