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CHP Arrests Driver of Minivan Captured on Video With a Motorcycle Wedged Under Its Front End

Witnesses captured video of the Honda Odyssey leaving a trail of sparks on the 91 Freeway. Hours later, the driver contacted the CHP in a bizarre chain of events that led to a hit-and-run arrest.

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A hit-and-run suspect was arrested after witnesses captured video of a minivan passing other vehicles on a Southern California freeway with a motorcycle stuck in its front end.

Sparks can be seen flying from the Honda Odyssey in video recorded by a passenger in another car Friday night on the 91 Freeway in Riverside County. Someone can be heard telling another person in the car to call 911.

The minivan driver struck the Honda CBR on the freeway in Corona and sped away with the motorcycle partially lodged under its front bumper, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The motorcyclist was thrown from the bike and treated for injuries at a hospital. The injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The motorcycle was dislodged after the driver exited the 91 Freeway at McKinley Street. 

The minivan was found abandoned in a field after crashing into a fence, but the unusual series of events didn't end there.

The driver ran away in a nearby wash before officers arrived at the scene of the crash. He was arrested after he tried later Friday night to report the van stolen, but then admitted he was behind the wheel, the CHP said. 

George Cesar Valentin, a 25-year-old Corona resident, was booked on suspicion of felony hit and run, according to Riverside County jail records. He was being held on $75,000 bond. 

A court date was set for Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether Valentin has an attorney. 

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