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"Saved By The Bell" Fan Nabbed For Auto Crash

Kevin Bacon hit cop car while searching for TV ep

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Kevin Bacon Crash

JUNE 14--A motorist named Kevin Bacon was on his phone “using an Internet search engine to search for a specific episode of the 90's television sitcom ‘Saved by the Bell’” when he sideswiped a Vermont police car that had stopped to aid the driver of a disabled vehicle, cops report.

According to the Vermont State Police, the 55-year-old Bacon was driving a 2016 Chevrolet Spark when he struck a Thetford Police Department cruiser around 3:45 PM yesterday on Interstate 91.

The driver of the squad car was aiding a motorist in the breakdown lane who had called police for assistance “due to the dangers of passing traffic.”

After striking the police car, Bacon continued driving for a short distance, then stopped his vehicle before “fleeing the scene of the crash.” Bacon was apprehended about a mile from the crash scene.

A subsequent 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.” The patrolman and the stranded motorist were not injured when the cop car was sideswiped from the rear by Bacon’s vehicle.

Investigators determined that Bacon was using his phone to surf the Internet for “a specific episode of the 90's television sitcom ‘Saved by the Bell’ while he was driving.” The episode in question was “Screech’s Spaghetti Sauce,” which aired during the NBC’s program’s fifth season. State Police officials did not indicate why that episode was of such interest to Bacon.

According to an IMDB description of the episode, “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.” Death to Slater, which bills itself as “NYC’s premiere Saved by the Bell hardcore punk band,” offers a distinctive 1:29 synopsis of the “Screech’s Spaghetti Sauce” episode (and a video).

Seen in the above mug shot, Bacon was arrested for gross negligent operation of a vehicle and leaving the scene of a crash. He was also issued a traffic citation for texting while driving.

Bacon, who lives in Wells River, about 30 miles from the crash site, is scheduled for a July 31 appearance in Orange County Court. (1 page)