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Utah County: Wild motorcycle chase ends with crash

First Published Aug 14 2014 09:01 am • Last Updated Aug 14 2014 11:31 am

A man suspected of crashing his motorcycle while intoxicated can likely credit his helmet for saving his life late Wednesday night, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office says.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon said the 41-year-old man has a history with local law enforcement, having been previously charged with DUI, theft, forgery and drug-related offenses.

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The chase began near Provo about 10:10 p.m. when a police officer attempted to pull over the suspect’s motorcycle. For the next half hour, the pursuit was intermittently terminated for safety reasons and resumed as the suspect sped through residential streets in Provo and Springville and onto Interstate 15.

It ended when the suspect finally crashed in a construction zone near the Spanish Fork airport.

He was flown to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in serious condition.

"He is lucky to be alive, for sure," Cannon said. "It’s very possible the helmet is the reason he’s still with us."

Once he is released from the hospital, the suspect will be booked into Utah County Jail on charges likely to include DUI and fleeing police.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims


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