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Keene man arrested on DWI charge after driving into Ashuelot Post Office

ASHUELOT — A Keene man was arrested for aggravated driving while intoxicated after he drove a car into the Ashuelot Post Office Sunday evening.

Gage B. Gushlaw, 21, of Keene was charged with aggravated DWI among numerous other charges, Winchester police said in a press release Monday.

Winchester police responded to Keene Road in Winchester Sunday at 7:05 p.m. for a report of a domestic disturbance taking place in a stopped car.

Police arrived to find Gushlaw had been in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend, a 24-year-old Keene woman, who had been taken away from the scene by a Winchester resident. Gushlaw then left the scene to follow the car that was taking his girlfriend back to Keene.

Police said Gushlaw was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass that is owned by an Ashuelot woman.

Police were still on the scene taking information when Gushlaw sped by the officers on Keene Road, in the direction of downtown Winchester.

Police pursued the Oldsmobile, but lost sight Gushlaw.

Hinsdale police responded to assist and saw Gushlaw traveling westbound on Route 119 at a high rate of speed.

Gushlaw reportedly lost control of the Oldsmobile and crossed Route 119 and into a fence. The Oldsmobile continued into the side of the Ashuelot Post Office at 8 Main St.

The Oldsmobile came to a rest halfway outside the far wall of the post office building.

After a short foot chase, he was apprehended by police and charged with driving after revocation, conduct after an accident, disobeying an officer, reckless driving, aggravated DWI, simple assault, speeding and passing a solid line on the highway.

State police, as well as Hinsdale, Swanzey, Chesterfield and Walpole police assisted Winchester police during the incident. The Diluzio Ambulance Service, the Winchester Fire Department and the Federal Postal Investigator’s Office also assisted.

The incident is under investigation, police said.

Ashuelot is a village of Winchester.

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