It may sound like the plot of a deranged sitcom: Kevin Bacon has a little fender bender with police while looking up a specific episode of “Saved by the Bell” on his phone and fails to come to a “screeching” halt.
It’s not a sitcom, though. It’s real life, just this Bacon isn’t the famed six-degree-of separation actor Bacon. He’s a 55-year-old man from Vermont who was apparently on a mission to watch a "Saved By The Bell" episode while driving.
The incident unfolded Thursday afternoon when a Thetford Police Department cruiser was assisting a broken down vehicle on a highway. The cop car, which had stopped in the breakdown lane with its emergency lights flashing, was allegedly sideswept by Bacon from behind, according to Vermont State Police. After the swipe, Bacon reportedly drove a short distance “before coming to a stop” only to continue “fleeing the scene of the crash.”
The driver of that cop cruiser quickly tracked Bacon down, and soon the state police would hear a bizarre explanation for the collision.
A “State Police investigation found that 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,” police wrote. “Further investigation revealed that Bacon was using an Internet search engine to search for a specific episode of the 90's television sitcom ‘Saved by the Bell while he was driving.”
The Huffington Post reports he was searching for “Screech’s Spaghetti Sauce,” an episode in which “the gang produce a television show for Communications class, with the sauce Screech makes during the cookery segment proving a hit. They decide to market it, and Screech gains a girlfriend, but he refuses to believe she is using him,” according to an IMDB description of the episode.
Bacon was arrested for gross negligent operation of a vehicle and leaving the scene of a crash. He is due back in court on July 31. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf at this time.
Nobody was hurt in the crash and the damage to both vehicles was minor.
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