Cottonwood man arrested after pursuit, crash on stolen motorcycle
COTTONWOOD – A man on a motorcycle who refused to stop when a Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputy tried to pull him over for a traffic violation on Saturday, May 21, crashed the bike and was arrested, YCSO spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn said.
Vince Saverino, 43, of Cottonwood, was driving an 80cc Yamaha dirt bike on a sidewalk along Highway 260 near Del Rio Drive at about 12:45 a.m. when the deputy saw him and tried to stop him, D’Evelyn said.
He did not stop and a brief pursuit followed, which ended when Saverino crashed the motorcycle. He was complaining of neck and shoulder pain and was taken to Verde Valley Medical Center for treatment, then released to the deputy.
The motorcycle had been reported stolen from a Phoenix address.
“Inside a black pouch on the motorcycle, deputies recovered a loaded .45 caliber handgun,” D’Evelyn said. “Saverino’s record showed prior felony convictions which prohibit him from possessing firearms.”
Saverino denied knowing the bike was stolen and claimed the gun wasn’t his.
He was booked at the Camp Verde jail on charges including unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement officer, weapons misconduct, and vehicle theft, and is being held on a $10,000 bond.